It would be an understatement to say that the transportation industry is on the precipice of a huge change.
Electric vehicles have graduated from a niche environmental concern to a serious proposition for mainstream motorists – not least because the world has collectively awoken to the detrimental impact of air pollution on humans and the environment.
Tesla may be recruiting a manager to “rein in a CEO with itchy Twitter fingers”, but we have much to thank that certain CEO for. It was he who, in 2016, warned us about the catastrophic consequences of not investing in a sustainable energy economy, and, that very CEO whose gumption has driven the electric vehicle conversation to the forefront of the industry in just a few years (it’s easy to forget that the first electric car was invented in 1837, some 180 years ago).
In spite of the noise, it would be no understatement to say that huge strides still need to be taken to convert public thinking around EVs from, ‘a fancy way to get from A-B, to, ‘the only way to get from A-B’. Granted, coalitions don’t have the best reputation in the UK, but a collaboration of skill, knowledge and innovation is exactly what the transport industry needs to change perceptions and drive public uptake forward.
Not only have the big automotive OEMs each signified their commitment to a green future, but new manufacturing teams with vision, knowledge and expertise are making their mark in an industry that’s wide open to hearing about solutions that not only support green global initiatives, but also meet the everyday needs and demands of consumers.
What we’re talking about is nothing short of a global movement, but movements of such scale are not possible by manufacturers working alone. Fully connected smart cities sound impressive but they will only add value if the infrastructure is in place to support the innovation – from integrating networks of fast, reliable smart chargers to alleviate range anxiety, to developing a stable 5G infrastructure and re purposing parking areas to facilitate the demand of EV charging.
It’s taken a record-hot summer, damning research on plastics and years of commitment from scientists, charities, organisations and businesses to engage the world (and there’s still a way to go). Now is the opportunity for businesses to come together to redefine and revamp the transport industry for the good of, well, the whole world.