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Does Our Future Hold Cleaner Air?

In the pictures above, you are seeing an “before-after” photo of a city in India. The first was how it looked like during March 25-April 25, 2017-2019, while the second photo is one of March 25-April 25, 2020. One resident from Punjab in India saw the Himalayas from 150 miles away for the first time in 30 years. Clearly, COVID-19 has cut down carbon emission from transportation, even enough to transform the atmosphere from cloudy to clear. 

It is possible for the world to change and push into a more electro centric future. According to The World Economic Forum, “215 million electric passenger vehicles will be on the road by 2030. This implies a 23% growth in new sales of electric passenger vehicles every year from 2018 to 2030.” They continue, “By 2030, there will be 2523 gigawatt hours (GWh) of global battery demand, and 2333 GWh will be from electric mobility.” The rate of Electric Vehicles (EV) is accelerating faster, and people predict that soon over the next decade, the demand for supporting technologies will exponentially grow too. 

However, some hindrances exist before the big possible change. First, the world today is not ready to handle the accelerated demands of EVs on the road. Additionally, vehicles with combustion engine vehicles are not evolved yet, and many manufacturers are still looking for efficient ways to scale electrification technology. Last but not least, EV battery recycling has not been adopted yet, and without the ability to reuse, the batteries would end up in landfills which can be a reason for further earth pollution. 

Even in marketing, considerations have to be made. Depending on what type of car model, an EV can drive around to 60 miles to 400 miles, and depending on the vehicle charger, the recharging time ranges from every 30 minutes to 12 hours. However, these ranges are important factors when it comes to the market. Additionally, there is another increasing demand for an effective battery management system that is expected to monitor, manage, and maintain high performance batteries to power millions of EVs. According to Analog, “Unlike a single energy storage element, such as a fuel tank, an EV battery pack consists of hundreds or thousands of individual battery cells working together. As power flows into or out of the battery pack, the cells must be precisely managed together with excellent accuracy to ensure maximum range per charge.” This is why safety measures and the efficiency of the ranges are important for the market to sell efficiently. 

“Averaged across all women, men, and children globally, particulate matter air pollution cuts global life expectancy short by nearly 2 years.” – Air Quality Life Index®, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

For the promise of a better future, more and more individuals are considering buying an EV which can result in the world completely changing into a more electro centric future. 

https://www.analog.com/en/signals/articles/will-covid-19-accelerate-electrification-revolution.html

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