Electric vehicles demand smarter cities. Most of the world’s population will live in urban areas in the next few decades. As a result, cities must undergo a massive shift to accommodate sustainable living. This change includes more intelligent mobility, grid, and integration. After all, these will be the foundations for the cities of tomorrow. Mobility and energy will mandate revolutionary changes without adding to overcrowding and pollution. Transportation must be sustainable, affordable, and secure. The perfect symbiosis of energy and mobility comes in the form of electric vehicles.
Electric vehicles require little maintenance and have minimal emissions. Electric cars emit almost three times less carbon dioxide than their diesel counterparts. Moreover, battery-electric engines have fewer parts that can break. Technologies that employ digital algorithms will help reduce traffic congestion and prevent accidents. Future automobiles will be able to calculate and outline optimum travel routes. Organizations are collaborating on numerous projects to translate this into reality. Yet, nothing will be possible without proper urban planning.
City dwellers will soon witness a raft of change. They will see a future comprising electric, shared, and autonomous mobility. This change will appear concurrently with decentralized and cleaner energy systems. Therefore, investment in ‘green’ and sustainable infrastructure is crucial.
The proliferation of electric vehicles will positively impact the environment, as these are crucial for long-term decarbonization goals. New startups will get sizable funds from generating ancillary and charging services. For example, they can charge customers through intelligent charging ports.
ElectRoad's wireless e-road technology bus program is being piloted in Sweden and Tel Aviv (Credit: Israel21c)
ElectRoad, an Israeli start-up, has passed its first phase of testing. It is currently working on establishing a public bus line in Tel Aviv. South Korea has already installed wireless charging equipment on various bus routes. Qualcomm Technologies, a French business, is also developing this system, which they call Dynamic Electric Vehicle Charging (DEVC).