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The very first automobiles took to the roads in the late 1800s, and eventually, inventors began to develop an electric alternative. In recent years, electric vehicles (or EVs) have become more common due to concerns about the effects that internal combustion engines have on the environment.
With increasing regulations on internal combustion engines from places like the European Union and certain US states, like California, many car companies are starting to transition to producing hybrid and electric cars if they weren’t already.
In the 1990s, General Motors produced the EV1 and the Nissan Leaf came in 2010. In recent years, companies like Tesla have skyrocketed the popularity and viability of owning an electric vehicle for personal use. Traditional luxury manufacturers are also getting on board. Earlier this year, Volvo announced a plan to go all-electric by 2030 and Mercedes-Benz followed close behind, unveiling plans to achieve the same goal by 2025.
Electric vehicles are more cost-effective in the long run due to lower maintenance and fuel costs even though they are more expensive upfront. The government is beginning to offer subsidies and incentives to increase electric car production. This will lead to an increase in supply, making EVs more affordable.
Additionally, a growing number of charging stations will make owning one more convenient. The number of outlets in the US had reached nearly 100,000 in Feb. 2021, increasing from about 80,000 in July 2020. The increased accessibility to EVs and charging stations will make the cars more viable for the average consumer, rather than a luxury.
Individual drivers aren’t the only ones embracing the potential of electric vehicles. As regulations grow stricter, someday companies may have no choice but to convert their fleets. Rather than waiting and doing it all at once, many are opting to phase in EVs over time.
One of them is Asda, a Leeds-headquartered supermarket in Britain. The company recently announced it will replace the more than 600 vehicles in its fleet with EVs over the next four years. It estimates a C02 reduction of 2,411 tons. That is the equivalent of an average gas-powered car driving more than 6 million miles.
There has also been a shift in public transportation and government fleets. Rideshare companies are also are incentivizing drivers to upgrade gas-powered vehicles.
The future of electric travel isn’t limited to ground transportation. In mid-July, United Airlines announced its investment in Swedish electric aircraft startup Heart Aerospace. The company United agreed to purchase 100 ES-19 planes, once they meet safety, business and operating requirements. The move is part of United’s efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions by 100 percent by 2050.
The planes, which are expected to be ready in 2026, will be larger than competing models with room for 19 passengers. They will be able to fly up to 250 miles on a single charge and could cover 100 of the airline’s routes.
While the ES-19 is small, and still in development, the idea of an electric plane no longer feels like an idea straight out of The Jetsons.
One day, the roads – and the skies – will be filled with electric vehicles; if you want to be ahead of the curve and make the change, we’d love to help. Please get in touch by email at email@example.com or by phone at 1.415.351.2227 to discuss how we can assist you in charging forward with your sustainability efforts.
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