World EV Day - A look at how far electric cars have come
To celebrate World EV Day, we take a look at why this day is important and how far electric vehicles have come in the last few years. From the infant technology first created in the 1900s, to the sleek designs you see today, the electric car has rapidly developed in recent times! With increasing demand for more sustainable solutions, we will only see this technology continue to develop, and it’s events like World EV Day that help to bring these innovations to the forefront.
What is world EV Day?
World EV Day is a celebration of everything electric! It unites companies, leaders and politicians across the world to champion the importance of electric vehicles. However, this is not just a day to appreciate how far EVs have come, with more electric cars and charging points on our roads than ever, but an opportunity to look to the future.
Businesses, thought leaders and governments, all use World EV Day as a platform to outline their commitments to the e-mobility movement. From announcing more funding into environmental causes, to promoting the latest models of EVs, it’s a great way of reaching a wider, global audience whilst the spotlight is on EVs. Therefore, you need to make sure your finger is on the pulse on World EV Day to ensure you don’t miss any important updates or industry news.
Why is World EV Day important?
World EV Day is not just about cars, but the wider push for a more sustainable future. Getting more low-emission vehicles on the road helps to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants that enter the atmosphere. This all contributes to the wider goal of reversing the effects of climate change. Just like other key dates in the calendar, like Earth Day or Environment Day, it's a chance for organisations, businesses and governments alike to check in and ensure they are on track to achieve their environmental goals.
It’s also a chance for consumers to understand the leaps companies are making in sustainable tech. From more charging points being installed, to extended battery lifes, understanding these developments can help reassure those who were sceptical about electric cars to make the switch. Therefore, as well as being a celebration, World EV Day at its heart is a chance to broadcast all the good that is currently being done, and what is still yet to come.
Electric cars have come a long way, but there’s still some work to be done!
There is an increasing demand for electric vehicles. Government initiatives like ULEZ, which encourages drivers to switch to low-emission vehicles, and the proposed petrol ban in 2030, has created an incentive for UK car owners to switch to an electric car, leading to a huge surge in their popularity in recent years.
However, there is also opposition to these schemes, with multiple protests against the expansion of the ULEZ, and calls to postpone the petrol ban across Europe. One of the main factors behind this objection is the cost of electric cars. Currently, EVs are typically more expensive to purchase than their fuel counterparts due to their advanced technology and lack of second-hand electric cars for sale. For EVs to succeed they need to become more affordable in the future. It is great to see government support for greener modes of transport, but they must be accessible to the majority of drivers in order to have the positive impact on the environment that is desired.
As more EVs are released, and supply is equal to demand, we will begin to see more competitive prices across the market, thereby making electric cars a more viable option to the average driver. This will lead to more electric cars on the road than fuel cars. We have already seen a 40% growth in battery electric cars between 2021-2022, and this number is only set to increase, as a greater range of EVs become available.
The future of electric cars looks bright! Providing that governments continue to make commitments towards sustainable travel, and companies begin to mass produce affordable electric cars, we should see more environmentally friendly vehicles on the road. We will just have to wait and see the announcements that come out of World EV Day to understand how these promises will be rolled out and what impact that may have.