Volkswagen hopes to introduce 3 million electric cars by 2025

Volkswagen hopes to introduce 3 million electric cars by 2025

When you look across the electric vehicle market, there are some very ambitious figures and some very conservative forecasts. Just this week Volkswagen group announced the launch of a "family" of electric cars starting in 2019. While we await more details, the company expects to sell up to 3,000,000 battery electric vehicles by 2025 which is ambitious, to say the least. So, what can we expect from the electric vehicle market over the next decade? Is Volkswagen right to target 3 million electric cars by 2025?

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Is China now the EV superpower?

Is China now the EV superpower?

A recent report cast an interesting light on the worldwide electric vehicle market amid suggestions that China is now the EV superpower ahead of the USA. By the end of 2016, China accounted for more than 645,000 light duty plug-in vehicle sales since 2010. This is 30,000 more than Europe and an impressive 70,000 more than the USA amid concerns that political wrangling within America could hurt the industry going forward.

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You CANNOT Drill for Electricity!

You CANNOT Drill for Electricity!

So at the heart of the answer is this reality: It is not entirely true that replacing gas vehicles with electric vehicles reduces our demand or dependency on fossil fuels. You cannot drill for electricity. Electricity is "secondary" energy source powered, in large part, by fossil fuels. Now, as battery technology improves and energy STORAGE technology is improved, then solar and wind energy could displace our need for fossil fuels. But that technology is a long ways away. And Tesla's Powerwall is a solid step in the right direction. Fossil fuels, at the moment, are too cheap and too plentiful to be replaced by any other technology.

 

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Charging Lanes & Charging Pads

Charging Lanes & Charging Pads

It would appear that the more developed wireless charging systems revolve around parking bays and charging pads, but there are talks of wireless charging systems covering specific lengths of a motorway. You heard me right, entire lanes and pieces of a highway as one big charging pad. Now this, "charge as you drive" idea, if possible, is the holly grail in charging station technology. Let’s not forget the home charging market which has the potential to grow significantly in the short, medium and longer term. How easy would it be to park up your car and recharge via a built-in wireless charging pad?

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