“data helps optimize the efficiency of electric cars”

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The electric car market is booming. The last Global EV Outlook from the International Agency forenergy (IEA) confirms this. Worldwide, sales of electric cars doubled in 2021. They reached a record level of 6.6 million. Or about 10% of all cars sold in the world. What gate to around 16.5 million the number of electric cars on the planet’s roads. This is three times more than in 2018.

According to Fatih Birol, the CEO of AIE, “few areas of the new global energy economy are as dynamic as electric vehicles”. Thanks to falling prices. In China, the median price of an electric car is now only 10% higher than that of a thermal car. Although it should be noted that elsewhere it is still around 50% higher. And that already, the price of lithiuma key component of the batteries in our electric cars, has increased sevenfold between the beginning of 2021 and May 2022. This raises fears of stagnation or even a decline in the market in the coming months.

The market is also driven by the electrification plans for their fleets implemented by the manufacturers. By the end of 2021, motorists had the choice of no less than 450 different models. Five times more than in 2015. Another lever is public expenditure on subsidies and incentives. They were doubled in 2021. To reach almost 30 billion dollars. “This is what has driven the PHEV market in France in particular. An extremely favorable tax policy »emphasizes Etienne Mingot, specialist in issues related to new forms of mobility at Targa Telematicsa company that offers smart solutions for connected vehicles.

Tips to optimize the use of your electric car

And at a time when, perhaps more than ever, everything is good for increasing efficiency, the data collection, processing and analysis solutions offered by the company based in Italy seem to be essential. Solutions from telematics which helps experts formulate advice for responsible and economical use of your car. “Big data, machine learning,artificial intelligencethese are all pillars that we rely on to improve the driver experience”, confirms Etienne Mingot. By allowing the electric car to communicate more and more with its environment, connected solutions naturally also contribute to optimizing the vehicle’s performance. Especially its battery.

This remains the sensitive point in the massive deployment of electric cars. However, “the problem with the network of charging stations is not as critical as one might think”. The latest figures show that the infrastructure is developing in line with sales. “And it is important to note that charging at outdoor terminals does not account for more than 30% of consumption. The rest is handled at the drivers’ homes or at their workplace. »

that “blocking” would therefore be a bit more psychological. “Today, when a driver has 30% in his gas tank, nobody panics. But as soon as the battery reaches 70% charge, electric drivers start looking for a charging point. Still, there is nothing to worry about present time Our data shows that window the optimal load is between 20 and 80%. With habit and multiplication of the terminals, this fear of the “dry collapse” should diminish »analyze for us Etienne Mingot.

Especially since a whole range of intelligent solutions should be able to be implemented in the near future. To send messages to the driver when car battery is loaded. Or to give him driving and charging advice according to his autonomy actually calculated from a route entered into it GPS. “Electric cars are like thermal cars. The weight is logically the first enemy of energy sobrietybut in addition it is important to use a flexible driving style to consume less »points out the specialist in Targa Telematics.

A car that must be integrated into its environment

Beyond that, experts are calling for more integration of electric cars into their environment. “The electric car is not a car reserved for the city. There are more and more charging stations on the outskirts. In supermarket car parks or even in villages. And it is infinitely easier to install a charging solution in a house, although there are many turnkey solutions for apartment dwellers”explains Etienne Mingot in the introduction to this theme. “The real issue is interoperability. Ensuring that the vast majority of charging stations on the network, at least nationally, are accessible with a single card and that we can know the availability of these in real time. »

“Tomorrow”promises us the Targa Telematics specialist, “everything will be connected and the vehicle will be a real one serving host a large amount of data. Our electric cars will thus be able to communicate more with the connected habitat and, for example, be an energy source with V2G – meaning Vehicle to Grid. » After all, our electric cars will hide so many batteries that can also be used as storage solutions when said cars are at work. garage. “So a little patience, the story is coming. Let’s just give time to all the players in this ecosystem to work on the interconnection of the different solutions we have available. »

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