The highs and lows of the electric vehicle

    We are undoubtedly entering the age of e-mobility. And this is because we are living in the era of energy efficiency, where the reduction in energy consumption and actions to avoid squandering energy are, or should be, a primary objective of the public administration, businesses and society in general to achieve a sustainable energy supply, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the quality of supply and bring down importation costs in favour of home-grown, renewable energy sources to promote competition between European economies.

    The electric vehicle (EV) represents sustainable mobility, a concept that has arisen out of concern for environmental, energy and social issues stemming from the urban transport models of the second half of the 20th Century and the widespread use of the private vehicle to transport people and goods. We are at a moment in which transport is responsible for one quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and around 40% of energy consumption in Spain. However this is also a period of development and technological innovation in the form of the introduction of new products and services, new processes and new sources of supply as well as changes in industrial organisation, all of which are clearly customer-, consumer- and user-oriented.

    We have recently witnessed sector events and forums focused on both private individuals and professionals, where the numbers as regards participation, attendance and representation demonstrate that the electric vehicle is achieving far more than just a passing interest.

    Arturo Pérez de Lucia
    Managing Director, AEDIVE

    Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2015