If batteries are the new oil, what are the old oil companies doing about it?
This is a part of the EV Innovation Intelligence series Oil goes into many things. It goes to make plastics, for instance. It also gets used in some power plants. It is used in backup diesel generators. But the bulk of the revenues for the oil companies come from its use in automobiles. If, in […]
Are EV startups different from startups in other industries?
This is a part of the EV Innovation Intelligence series E-mobility and electric vehicles present an exciting domain for startups. For many bright brains from the sciences and engineering (and not just software whiz kids), this domain offers a rare opportunity to use their engineering skills and build exciting ventures. This alone – the diverse profiles of the founders compared to many […]
Are innovations possible in mature products such as electric motors?
This is a part of the EV Innovation Intelligence series History tells us that the very first electric motor was made by Thomas Davenport of Vermont, who invented a battery-powered electric motorway back in 1834. That was a long time ago. With an almost 200 year history, it will be no surprise that electric motors can be considered […]
Will EVs have a different manufacturing paradigm compared to conventional vehicles?
This is a part of the EV Innovation Intelligence series Electric vehicles are giving the opportunity to many industry stakeholders to reimagine the vehicle as we know it – be it a car, truck, van or a bus. As completely new minds such Elon Musk and other bright pioneers from diverse domains such as design, software […]
Did COVID-19 change anything fundamentally for the EV sector?
This is a part of the EV Innovation Intelligence series A once-in-a lifetime-pandemic can also become a once-in-a-lifetime period when many things – even some of them fundamental – change. COVID-19 is still on, and it will perhaps be only by end of 2021 when we can breathe easy – literally. But there is little doubt that […]
Could solar power play a big role in the EVs ecosystem?
This is a part of the EV Innovation Intelligence series Electric cars have no tailpipe emissions, but that does not mean your trip on the electric vehicle resulted in no lifecycle emissions. Making batteries (or electric vehicles) consume energy, which in turn result in CO2 emissions somewhere in the EV value chain. More important, the […]
Will the world face Lithium scarcity in future?
This is a part of the EV Innovation Intelligence series Many e-mobility industry watchers would doubtless have come across new articles and TV shows centered around the theme of Lithium scarcity. Estimations show that by 2025, 75% of the world lithium consumption will be for batteries. If Lithium forms the core part of the dominant battery […]
Will material sciences have a dominant role to play in EV industry?
This is a part of the EV Innovation Intelligence series Until recently, conventional vehicles were dominated mainly by mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering. The former ensured the vehicles were safe and robust. The latter ensured that the vehicles had fuel from any place imaginable, at a reasonable price. Since 2000, even the conventional cars were being […]
What are the viable pathways for electrification of heavy vehicles?
This is a part of the EV Innovation Intelligence series A large car could weigh about 1.5 tons, the largest truck could weigh 25 tons (15-20 times as much as a large car), and could be required to travel much longer distances on a single trip compared to a car. If car owners think electric vehicles […]
Will ultrafast EV battery charging become commonplace by 2030?
This is a part of the EV Innovation Intelligence series In its early days, charging an electric vehicle could take 8-10 hours. Surely no one would wait that long for a vehicle to be charged, unless of course it is charged while the owner is doing something else – sleeping, for instance, or at work. […]