For a number of years now, carbon emissions have been a cause for grave concern across the globe. The World Health Organisation estimates that no fewer than 4.2 million of the world’s population die prematurely because of ambient air pollution. There is growing evidence too that poor respiratory health linked to living in a polluted area increases the risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19.
Global lockdowns have opened a window on to the kind of world possible with reduced pollution levels. The Himalayan mountain range visible to people in Northern India for the first time in 30 years. Venetian waters so unpolluted they attract dolphins. Dramatic decline in nitrogen oxide emissions across our major cities.
For these benefits to be enjoyed for the long term, however, there needs to be a significant shift to clean transportation.
Fortunately, switching to electric vehicles has never been more popular. Although car sales globally continue to fall, sales of EV are bucking the trend. In fact, EV recorded its best-ever year in 2019, with a 40% increase in sales on 2018.
There are a number of reasons why EV is proving so appealing. Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, it’s starting to make economic sense too. Estimates indicate that an electric car in the UK costs as little as 2p/mile to run. The initial purchase cost, until now prohibitive for many, is becoming more competitive. Second-hand vehicles in particular are now more modestly priced owing to their shorter-life batteries.
Electrification of two- and three-wheelers, buses, and truck fleets is, perhaps, the most exciting development of all. Municipal authorities are electrifying their fleets of buses and refuse collection lorries. Major retailers including John Lewis and Asda have significantly increased investment in their electric transport fleets, due in part to an upturn in online orders through lockdown.
This commitment to a greener future is shared by Autac whose dedicated EV arm is a fitting complement to its cable products and cable assemblies businesses.
The company is now taking orders for its first batch of EV Charging Cables, and just in time for the new licence registrations on 1 September. The sockets – which are CE certified and carry the prestigious ‘Made In Britain’ quality mark – have been designed and manufactured using the injection of expertise offered by Autac’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Salford.
Read more about Autac’s EV Charging Cables and Coils here.