Electric vehicle and charging point growth in May 2014

May 2014, may or may not have been delightful for all but it sure fuelled electric vehicle market growth. In fact, may 2014 accounts for record sales of electric vehicles (EVs). This apart, ChargePoint EV charging network has now reported 5 million charging sessions.

abb fast chargerBoth facts point to a quick growing EV industry. Facts reveal, ChargePoint took 4 years to reach the 1 million charging session. On an average, EV drivers plug into ChargePoint’s network every 9 seconds.

ChargePoint in fact reports growth of a million sessions in 3 months. Electric vehicle industry grows rapidly on the back of 12,453 EVs sold in May 2014. There are now 211,097 electric cars road, having more than doubled in number from figures reported in May 2013.

As more electric vehicle models are made available, customer awareness has been growing faster than ever for a better environment through EV’s that are now almost free to power in certain regions, apart from being offered with multiple tax and road benefits.

Having added e-NV200 to Leaf, Nissan’s aims to further strengthen its global EV leadership highlights the company’s 0 emission mobility plans. With 110,000+ Nissan Leaf vehicles sold thus far since launch of the 1st series production EV in December 2010, e-NV200 aims to emulate this success.

Charging points have multiplied and confidence in EV’s has fuelled rapid growth. 2nd gen Leaf was introduced in 2013. Sales doubled in a year’s time with the 100,000th sale made to a UK customer in January 2014. 10,000 Leaf units have been sold through 2014 thus far. e-NV200 could benefit from government bodies coming down harder on vehicle borne emissions. e-NV200′s potential is amplified through acceptance as a delivery van, passenger vehicle and, dedicated taxi.

2014 Le Mans saw Nissan ZEOD RC ICE/EV hybrid (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) take on the 13.6 km lap at Circuit de la Sarthe on electric power at speeds of 300+ km/h. An internal combustion engine helps ZEOD RC recharge its battery using regenerative braking. Nissan ZEOD RC ran its stint without rear view mirrors. Drivers turned to the rear camera and integrated radar system to manoeuvre and keep track of race traffic. Zeod’s tech development focused on improving Nissan Safety Shield and Nissan Smart Mirror for the road.

During practice, GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip drove ZEOD RC through the 8.5-mile lap. Nissan ZEOD RC did report 300km/h on the Mulsanne Straight on electric powerwhen Japanese driver Satoshi Motoyama was at the wheel during Thursday evening qualifying. Inaugural GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez joined both drivers to complete Nissan’s trio at “Garage 56″ reserved by Automobile Club de l’Ouest for cars reflecting innovative tech.

Learning more about electric drive systems and battery tech helps Nissan improve its future road car as well as better the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo LM P1 car that will race at Le Mans 2015 to compete against Audi, Toyota and Porsche next year. On race day, the team’s run lasted 23 minutes. On Twitter the team update read, ‘Sadly our great Le Mans adventure is over. Gearbox issue. Thrilled to have reached 300km/h on pure electric power and become the first manufacturer to complete an entire lap of Le Mans on electric.’

Chevrolet Volt was launched in late 2010 and owners have since reported half a billion all-electric miles. A General Motors’ study of 300+ Volts California over 30 months reveals many owners excedd the EPA-rated label of 35 miles of EV range. 155 of those studied reported a 40+ miles range. Currently, Volt owners undertake 63% of their overall driving in EV mode.Owners who charge regularly drive about 970 miles between fill-up, and yes their gas station trip is limited to less than once a month.

An independent study between July-December 2013, saw Volt drivers participating in the Department of Energy’s EV Project managed by Idaho National Labs total 1,198,114 vehicle trips. Of them, 974,692 or 81.4% didn’t require use of the gasoline-powered generator. Sonce launch, Volt owners have reduced gas consumption by 25+ million gallons. 60% of Volt buyers new to GM, and Toyota Prius is most frequently traded-in for a Volt.

Toyota Motor Sales reported May 2014 sales its best month ever in 6 years on the back of Camry, Corolla and Hybrid sales. Prius posted double-digit gains at 14% with sales of 26,793 units.

In a major announcement last week, Tesla has loosened its claim on patents to further an open source movement so electric vehicle tech advances. Tesla Motors’ interest in sustainable transport now goes a step forward as Tesla won’t initiate patent lawsuits against those who use the automaker’s tech in good faith.

Tesla patents were made so major automakers don’t access the tech to mass produce EV’s and overwhelm Tesla. In reality, that was an unfounded supposition as most big automaker’s electric car programs are tiny. On average they account for less than 1% of their total vehicle sales. Those producing EV”s do so in a limited range in limited volume, and zero emission cars isn’t the most popular business plan.

With annual vehicle production reaching the 100 million per year mark to fuel an existing 2 billion cars cars globally, Tesla won’t be able to build cars fast enough to deal with a growing carbon crisis, thus applying an open source philosophy to Tesla patents strengthen its position. Still taking baby steps, the electric car industry needs to attract new buyers. With Tesla’s tech open for use by others with a similar vision, industry growth would fuel growth for Tesla through rapid electric car market penetration.

Electric vehicle (EV) charging services provider, Car Charging Group’s Q1 2014 results reveal revenues of $255,659 from charging fees of EV charging stations over $10,576 in Q1 2013 equating to 2,317% growth. Monthly kWh charging output grew from 7,487 in Q1 2013 end to 370,354 in Q1 2014 end, equating to 4,847% growth. Car Charging Group’s inventory now reports 4,026 EV charging stations in Q1 2014 end over 102 units in Q1 2013 end to register 3,847% growth. Through 2014, Car Charging Group has resumed sales level II residential EV charging stations, the Blink HQ, and launched a mobile app so drivers can pay and initiate charging sessions on EV networks. The group looks forwrad to Nissan’s No Charge to Charge program to help monetize its assets.

Intensive research has boosted the profile of the nascent electric vehicles (EVs) inductive charging market globally. As various verticals such as telecom, industrial automation, and utilities establish their presence in this domain, market participants will increasingly partner with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) at the testing phase to enhance the value of their products.

Growth in inductive charging market is expected to be at a CAGR of 126.6% from 2012-2020, with about 351,900 units likely to be sold as per Frost and Sullivan. Inductive charging is expected to account for 1.2% of both public and residential charging in North America. The number should be upward of 2.6% in Europe with growth to be quickest here based on efforts by OEMs, charging station manufacturers, and demo projects by government bodies, OEMs, and charging station manufacturers.. Residential charging will be most popular accounting for 70% of overall charging.

The market for inductive charging will grow the fastest in Europe, owing to a number of demonstration projects conducted by government bodies, OEMs, and charging station manufacturers. Daimler, Volvo, Renault, Nissan, BMW and Toyota are working on such projects. More than 10 automakers have announced trial tests. The future could entail inclusion of inductive charging in cars as an additional or inbuilt feature. Today, inductive charging is offered as an aftermarket solution, but purchase and installation costs are about 30% higher than conductive charging options. Charging time too is longer. Popularity of 3.3 kilowatts inductive charging will shift to 6.6 kW to facilitate quick charging in the future. Dynamic or on-the-move charging is expected to be widely used post-2020.