Electric Mobility - Statistics & Facts

Electric Mobility - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about electric mobility

Dwindling stocks of raw materials, environmental issues around global warming and rapid urbanization in the developing world are among the challenges that engineers and scientists need to address to meet concerns and provide answers to questions over sustainability and the future of the planet. They have certainly begun to do so. Governmental agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, are increasingly beginning to introduce limits on carbon dioxide emissions. Automakers are expected to be penalized if they fail to meet these standards. However, as of now, the sources of electricity employed to power electric cars, as well as the types of materials used in car batteries are generally not taken into consideration when it comes to calculating a vehicle’s carbon footprint.


Developments in this field of engineering have given rise to the generic term ‘electric mobility’. Electric mobility includes everything from electric cars and trucks, electric boats and even airplanes which run on nothing but electricity. The market for electric vehicles is still heavily subsidized. France is awarding some 1.04 billion euros in grants over the funding period between 2006 and 2020. By 2020, China aims to increase the stock of electric cars to about 11.9 million units. In that year, the global number of hybrid and electric vehicles is forecast to exceed 88.4 million units.
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