IDTechEx technology analyst Harry Zervos attended and presented at the EV2010 VE conference on electric vehicles, organized by EMC-MEC, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of electric mobility as a solution to the energy and environmental issues in Canada.
The event was organized in Vancouver, British Columbia, a province that produces over 90% of its energy from renewable sources (mainly hydroelectric) with a view to be utilizing energy from renewable sources only by 2016. In that respect, the city made for an excellent setting for the conference to take place, highlighting the necessity, importance and increased level of interest in the adoption of electric vehicles.
Over 400 attendees were present at the 3-day event, which was characterized by a good-sized exhibition, inside and outside the venue. Outside the main entrance, attendees could look at a variety of vehicles, ranging from electric cars from the early 1900s all the way to the brand new Chevrolet Volt, General Motors' plug-in series hybrid due for release in November 2010.
Inside the exhibition hall, companies providing retro-fitting kits, charging stations, alternative fuel schemes etc accompanied the rest of the car companies that exhibited on the show floor: the plug-in Prius, the Mitsubishi iMiev and the eVaro from Future Vehicle Technologies where there, along with commercial electric vehicles, giving a full range of electric and hybrid options that could be populating the streets in the next few years.
Dr Harry Zervos presented on the prospects for Electric Vehicles for the next decade, offering the analysts' view on the way the market is going to grow, but also learn from past experience. After all, the first electric vehicles appeared in the late 1800s, and almost a century later, interest of them began to be revived.
Understanding the issues and challenges faced then and taking into account current trends and needs, Dr Zervos forecasted growth from almost 2 million units in 2010 (for both hybrid and pure electric vehicles of all types, not just cars) to almost 9.5 million units in 2020.
Kevin Morrow, executive VP of ETec, spoke about the EV project, the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations in history. Supported by a US$99.8 Million DoE grant, ECOtality North America is partnering with Nissan North America to deploy up to 5,700 zero-emission electric vehicles, the Nissan LEAF, 2,600 Chevrolet Volts and nearly 15,000 charging systems (including 310 DC fast charger stations) to support them in strategic markets in five states: Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.
Source: The EV Project
In the duration of the project, data will be collected and analyzed in order to evaluate vehicle use in diverse topographic and climatic conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of charge infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for commercial and public charge infrastructure.
Other presentations focused on issues such as standardization, and the difficulties that accompany them. Serge Roy, with the CHAdeMO Association highlighted that efforts to create worldwide standards run into obstacles that usually relate with prior efforts in EV set up in different countries worldwide.
This means that standards are more difficult to adopt if they are going directly against existing infrastructure and hence, flexibility is needed in order to expedite adoption and maneuver around and eventually merge with extant country standards.
Main Image: The FVT eVaro is a plug-in series hybrid that would cost $13 to travel 1000 miles.
Source: Future Vehicle Technologies
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