As part of its commitment to eliminating its reliance on fossil fuels by 2030, Sweden has launched a highly innovative project to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles - an electrified road. The first of its kind can be found near Stockholm and is located on a 2km stretch between Arlanda airport and a logistics site outside the city.
As car manufacturers reduce and withdraw their diesel ranges, the range of full EV and Hybrid models is increasing. EV infrastructure including charging stations, is rapidly developing to support these changes.
Earlier this year we looked at Norway's plan to phase out fossil fuelled cars by 2025 - as an EV leader nation, this move was bold but not overly shocking. When France & the UK made such announcements a few weeks ago, they came as a much more significant surprise.
Our previous article looked at the key drivers for mass EV adoption in the near future. However one element of this mix is being treated treated separately due to its unusual nature - the advancement of autonomous or driver-less cars. Similar to EV tech, autonomous driving (AD) has been around for a while, however advancement has been at a slower rate. Recently we have begun to see increased progress as companies such as Tesla roll out their EVs with inbuilt AD capabilities.
Energy improvement grants have benefitted almost three hundred and fifty thousand homes in Ireland to date. Covering up to 30% of the cost of works, these grants can be used on solar thermal projects, roof/wall insulation and upgrades to existing heating systems. There are fixed rates for each type of project and bonus payments if residents decide to carry out more than three.
A huge breakthrough was announced this week that could further boost the already escalating adoption of Electric Vehicles. A new type of storage could obliterate charging times from up to 8 hours down to 10 minutes.
From the zippy economical Renault Zoe to the premium Porsche Mission E, the Electric Vehicle market has exploded with options and it is estimated that in years time, there will be 127 different models of electric vehicle worldwide
From the 1st January, the SEAI has furthered its electric vehicle adoption strategy by introducing a €600 grant towards the purchase and installation of an Electric Vehicle home charging station. The grant applies to private owners who purchase a Battery Electric Vehicle or Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle from 2018 onwards.