FridayApr 29, 2022 12:56 pm

Montreal Electric Car Show Highlights Increase in Demand for EVs

This past weekend, the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show was held at the Olympic Stadium in this Quebec town. The stadium’s floor was filled with thousands of individuals who were testing and checking out various hybrid or electric vehicles on the market. Individuals were also allowed to test a number of scooters and electronic bikes on the indoor track. Interviews show that attendees were concerned about abouth the environmental impact of gas-powered cars as well as how their lifestyles could become more sustainable. This, coupled with the climate change crisis, has prompted many to make the switch to using electric cars.…

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ThursdayApr 28, 2022 2:04 pm

Lucid Motors Uses Silicon Carbide Tech in New Model

Earlier this week, Wolfspeed announced that Lucid Motors (NASDAQ: LCID) had used its silicon carbide power device solution in its pure-electric high-performance vehicle, Lucid Air. Wolfspeed is a major player in silicon carbide technology, leading the market in the global adoption of GaN and silicon carbide technologies. The company offers industry-leading solutions for a sustainable future and efficient consumption of energy. Wolfspeed is party to an agreement with Lucid Motors involving the production and supply of silicon carbide devices. Lucid Motors chief engineer and senior VP of production, Eric Bach, stated that the automaker’s proprietary powertrain technology was what made…

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WednesdayApr 27, 2022 1:22 pm

How the Lithium Shortage Is Affecting the Electric Car Market

Many car manufacturing companies are taking part in the 2022 Austin Auto Show where they are showcasing their electric cars. Most of the electric vehicles on the show’s floor are already limited in availability, with the spokesperson for Ford revealing that its F-150 model has more 100,000 orders, despite not having been released yet. The 2022 Niro electric vehicle by Kia is also on display. This limited production model is only sold in a number of states in specific retailers. EnergyX CEO and Founder Teague Egan has argued that the lithium scarcity in the market may be a major cause…

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TuesdayApr 26, 2022 2:24 pm

EV Makers Intensify Quest for Raw Material Supplies for Batteries

As the world replaces the use of fossil fuels with more renewable sources of energy, the demand for electric vehicles is increasing. Manufacturers of electric cars are currently focused on securing supply for the raw materials needed to make batteries  because batteries are the single biggest cost factor on EVs. Below, we look at some of the agreements major auto manufacturers have entered into with miners and suppliers. Toward the end of last year, Volkswagen entered into an agreement with Vulcan Energy Resources, which involves the provision of lithium hydroxide to the automaker from 2026. Vulcan extracts lithium from the…

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MondayApr 25, 2022 11:40 am

CBS Poll Shows High Fuel Prices Are Driving Interest in EVs

A recent survey has found that about one-third of adults in America would consider purchasing an electric vehicle if they were in the market for a car. However, roughly 40% admitted that they wouldn’t consider the purchase of an electric car. The survey was carried out by CBSNews/YouGov, with a sample of 2,062 adult residents in the United States. The interviews were conducted between April 5–8, 2022. Those surveyed cited the increasing price of gas as a major reason for wanting electric cars, coupled with the belief that electric cars were better for the environment. Overall, however, higher gas prices…

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FridayApr 22, 2022 11:40 am

How Electric Car Batteries Are Being Upgraded to Address New Needs

The lithium-ion battery was a groundbreaking invention that revolutionized the world and hastened the emergence of the electronics age. These days, almost every electronic device from watches and mobile phones to tablets and computers is powered by a battery. Now that several governments across the world have revealed plans to steadily replace internal combustion vehicles with zero-emission electric vehicles, batteries are poised to play a significant role in another revolution: the electrification of our transport sector. Depending on the type of battery chemistry used coupled with the size of the battery, an EV battery can take anywhere from 20 minutes…

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ThursdayApr 21, 2022 2:44 pm

EVs Claim Bigger Market Share, Break 2021 Sales Record

As the world continues to fight climate change by striving to meet its climate targets, the need to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels grows. Even with the adoption of low-carbon technologies, however, the use of electric cars is crucial in helping to decrease emissions in the transport sector. This helps explain the increase in automobile brand models and investments in this area. Over the last decade, the market share of electric cars around the globe has grown more than 40 times, reach 8.3%. In 2021, electric car sales reached $6.7 million, which is quite an increase from the sales…

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WednesdayApr 20, 2022 12:24 pm

Electric Vehicles Dominate Latest World Car Awards

Zero-emission vehicles have all but dominated the conversation in the automotive sector for the past couple of years. As extreme weather events continue to ravage parts of the world, several territories have resolved to replace the fossil fuel vehicles on their roads with electric cars and reduce their carbon emissions. Carmakers have taken to electrification in a big way, pouring billions of dollars into electric cars and pledging to invest even more over the coming years. Even though EVs still make up less than 1% of all vehicles, plenty of electric vehicle models on the road debuted to rave reviews.…

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TuesdayApr 19, 2022 3:15 pm

Honda Bets Big on Hybrid Vehicles

With several territories across the world planning to phase out internal combustion engine cars in favor of zero-emission electric vehicles, most carmakers are hedging their bets on electric vehicles. Rising greenhouse gas emission levels coupled with climate change have underscored the need for clean, emission-free transportation. Since EVs run on electricity and produce zero emissions at the tailpipe, they are a good replacement for fossil fuel vehicles. As such, automakers have invested billions of dollars in developing electric vehicles in the past couple of years and plan to spend billions more through the decade. Japanese carmaker Honda has chosen to…

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MondayApr 18, 2022 11:39 am

Chinese EV Maker NIO Increases Prices, Announces Production Halt

Like many companies across the world that rely on the global supply chain, Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio has revealed that it has been hit hard by the supply chain disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Over the weekend, Nio announced that it would be raising the prices of the three electric SUVs it has on the market and halt production in the meantime. Nio’s shares fell by almost 9% following the announcement. Beginning May 10, Nio will increase the prices of its EC6, ES6 and ES7 by $1,572 (10,000 yuan). However, the recently unveiled ET5 and ET7 sedans will…

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