At this point, almost everyone would agree that we have caused too much environmental pollution. Green house gas (GHG) emissions have been exponentially increasing over the last century, leading to higher global temperatures and loss of irreplaceable ecosystems. Nations around the world have begun taking steps to cut down on GHG emissions, but it is a slow and arduous process.
The transport sector produces some of the highest GHG emissions per year due to the sheer amount of fossil fuels that vehicles consume. Countries such as Norway have taken steps to address vehicle emissions with an aggressive environmental plan. Norway already provides plenty of incentives for Electric Vehicle (EV) owners, including tax exemptions and discounts. This has led the nation to have the world’s highest rate of EV ownership.
The Norwegian capital of Oslo has implemented a zero-carbon agenda by mandating that all taxis in the city operate solely on electricity by 2023. The city has teamed up with Finnish charging company Fortum to install wireless charging infrastructure dedicated exclusively to taxi charging at several locations in the city, beginning with the area around the central train station. Fast charging wireless stations will address one of the chief headaches that the EV taxi drivers have been facing up till now, that being the tedious and time consuming task of finding a charger plug and waiting for the vehicle to recharge.
In a press release announcing the pact with the city, Fortum believes that the wireless fast charging stations are a crucial step in resolving infrastructure issues with regards to EVs. They also state that this technology will also be able to resolve similar issues not just in Norway, but all around the world as well.
On the other side of the world, WiTricity has signed a new agreement to share its intellectual property with a subsidiary of Zhejiang VIE Science & Technology. The terms of the license agreement will allow the company to develop and commercialize highly efficient wireless EV charging systems for sale to car makers in the Chinese market based on WiTricity’s patented magnetic resonance technology.
Southeast Asian nations have slowly begun to utilise EVs more liberally. However, adoption rate remains relatively low due to the lack of infrastructure to support EVs; especially when it comes to charging stations. However, certain automotive companies (e.g. Hyundai & Kia) have started to invest in transport services such as Grab in a bid to drive EV adoption forward in SEA. With continued dedication, improved infrastructure for EVs may come to the region sooner rather than later.
The EV revolution, while still in a relatively infant state, is taking a big step forwards to address its own issues. Who knows, maybe one day our petrol and diesel cars may find themselves on the same level as vinyl records and VCRs; a novelty.