Electric driving is popular and has continued to see significant developments in 2022 and innovation continues. As we approach the end of the year, we list the key trends and developments we have seen in electric driving.
Electric versus traditional
Although percentage-wise you know that traditional cars (petrol, diesel) drive many times more for now, electric’s growth rates are impressive. Since January’s launch, until June 2022 (1.5 years time), the share of electric cars has grown by 63%.
From 2035, no new petrol cars will be allowed to be sold within Europe. And lease drivers in particular will no longer be able to choose such a model from 2025.
So the era of the petrol car seems to be definitely coming to an end.
Strongly growing supply and lower prices
With the undeniable choice for electric, we have seen a serious boost in supply last year. Many brands now have electric variants of their well-known models. In addition, an important trend has been the availability of electric models in various price categories, where previously an electric car was not for everyone.
We also saw significant growth in supply for the private driver looking to drive second-hand in 2022, with some of the earlier models becoming available in that market.
With falling prices, buying electric cars is more feasible and interesting for a growing group of motorists.
Innovations that remove barriers
Until recently, the main thresholds were range and charging time. And let those be the main innovation points. For reference; the 2008 Tesla Roadster had a range of 290 kilometres with a full battery. The new variant reaches almost 1,000 kilometres.
Of course, with smart charging, there are still plenty of fantastic innovations that, even further into the future, are going to have a lot of impact on our mobility. But think also of the rise of the microcar, new forms of chargers (lamppost) etc.
Looking to the future, it is clear that our infrastructure needs to move fast with us. And although we are Europe’s frontrunner in the Netherlands, with our ambitions in this area, serious steps are needed to continue to provide sufficient charging stations, but also to make smart use of our electricity network. With this in mind, smart charging and, for example, supplying back to the grid as an alternative is just around the corner. In this, we will no doubt see more in 2023.
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