Category: electric vehicles

Power Up: The Untold Potential of Electric Industrial Vehicles

We stand at the precipice of a revolution. A transition that promises not only to change the way we commute but also to redefine our relationship with the environment. I’m talking, of course, about vehicle electrification.

In a recent episode of the Climate Confident podcast, I had the privilege to sit down with Raj DasGupta, CEO of Electrovaya. The insights he shared were nothing short of groundbreaking, shedding light on the transformative potential of modern battery technology.

The need to shift from traditional fuel-powered vehicles to electric ones is palpable. We’re all too familiar with the looming threat of climate change, and the unsustainable pollution levels in our cities. What became evident during our conversation, however, is that while many of us are looking at electric cars, there’s an even larger and largely overlooked market: industrial vehicles. From forklifts to buses, the electrification of these behemoths can result in a colossal reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Electrovaya’s lithium-ion batteries, specifically designed for the demands of heavy industrial machinery, could soon become a mainstay in warehouses and on roads. As Raj pointed out, their focus on longevity ensures these batteries don’t just end up as another environmental hazard. They’re crafted for endurance, reducing the need for frequent replacements and the resultant waste.

But what truly caught my attention was the vast potential that lies ahead. Raj painted a picture of a future where mid-size companies join the larger ones in adopting electric machinery. The exciting horizon includes transit buses powered by Electrovaya’s solutions – a sector currently underserved by existing lithium-ion solutions. When you consider the daily mileage and extensive routes these buses cover, the positive environmental impact of their electrification becomes unmistakable.

Moreover, the company isn’t stopping at just making batteries. They’re incorporating intelligence into them. Imagine a system where batteries communicate, determining which one needs charging the most, or even directing power back to the grid when not in use. This not only maximizes efficiency but also serves as a testament to the innovative strides the industry is making.

Yet, the true essence of our discussion was the bigger picture – the world we’re shaping for our future generations. Electrovaya’s pursuit goes beyond profit. Their work embodies a dedication to a greener, cleaner planet. When Raj spoke of their potential ventures into sectors like marine transportation and mining, it was evident: the electrification wave could reshape industries, making them more sustainable.

The era of electric vehicles isn’t just coming; it’s already here. With pioneers like Electrovaya leading the charge, the road ahead looks promising. For those eager to delve deeper into this enlightening conversation and explore the intricate details of this electric revolution, I encourage you to tune into the full episode. There’s so much more to uncover.

Listen to the full episode here and remember to stay Climate Confident!

How much cheaper is it to drive an electric vehicle than an internal combustion engine one?

“How much does it cost to drive an Electric Vehicle?” and “How much cheaper is it to drive an Electric Vehicle than a petrol/diesel car?”

Those are two questions I get asked a lot and it’s not as easy to answer as you might think. Why? Well, it depends on two main factors

  1. the price of the fuel (electricity/petrol/diesel) in your area and
  2. the fuel efficiency of the vehicle we’re talking about

2008 Toyota Prius2018 Nissan Leaf 40kWh
Price of Fuel (per kWh or litre)€1.30€0.09
Fuel efficiency5.5l/100km6km/kWh
Cost per km€0.0715€0.015
Cost for 10,000km a year€715€150

From 2008 to 2018 I drove a Toyota Prius and it used to get around 5.5l/100km (42.8mpg), and petrol here in Spain costs around €1.30 per litre (roughly $5.93 per gallon). I drove an average 10,000km (6,000 miles) a year so that cost me about €715 in petrol expenses alone (ignoring oil changes, maintenance, etc.).

In 2018 I traded in the Prius for a Nissan Leaf 40kWh. The Leaf can drive 6.25km per kWh of energy in the battery. If we round that down to 6km to make the calculations easier (and to be a little conservative), then because our night rate electricity costs €0.09/kWh, that gives us a cost per km of €0.015 and a total of €150 for the full year’s 10,000km.

Of course, I plug the Leaf in to charge often during the day when the sun is shining so as to take advantage of the “free” electricity being generated by our solar panels, so the figure of €150 is much higher than I pay in reality.

And then there is the issue of maintenance. I didn’t keep a record of how much maintenance I paid for the annual maintenance for the Prius, but when I took delivery of the Leaf the first maintenance scheduled in the Maintenance Manual was at 30,000km. Electric vehicles require far less maintenance than internal combustion engines.

These were my costs. Substitute in your own local costs to see how much you would save by switching your car to an electric one (if you haven’t already!).