In the long term, and to achieve carbon neutral future, EV is considered key to achieving carbon-neutral transport globally. The upward trend of the electrification of transport vehicles in undeniable. In 2018, 2.1 million electric vehicles were sold, up 65% from 2017. Sales remained steady in 2019 but saw a 25% reduction in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
This growing demand for electric vehicles means that existing automotive manufacturers and new entrants are looking to innovate and adapt existing technologies. Innovations such as IDRA's Giga Casting machine are driving a paradigm shift in automotive manufacturing.
The versatility of sand casting allows large, lightweight structural castings to be created, in almost any alloy, at any size and with complex geometries in a single part. This flexibility makes sand casting suitable for prototyping, as well as enhancing the specific material properties required in electric vehicle components for lightweighting and strength.
Design for Manufacture optimises part and process design to achieve innovative, complex castings with the Make Like Production (MLP) characteristics needed in large, lightweight parts for electric vehicles. Rapid prototyping means these can be produced quickly.
3D additive sand printing of cores and moulds enables rapid prototyping of components for electric vehicles. We're a leader in this technology and have a large 3D additive sand printing facility in-house at G&W.
The flexibility of sand casting has huge benefits for electric vehicle components, allowing large structures such as EDU housings and battery trays to be cast in a single net part. This reduces the need for extra joining, reducing weight.
IDRA's Giga press casting has been used by Tesla to massively drive casting innovation, effectively casting half a car. The benefits for electric vehicles are huge- including 370 fewer parts, 10% mass reduction, 14% range increase.
The widespread adoption of electric vehicles will play a critical role in decarbonizing the transportation sector as the nation moves toward net-zero emissions. Recent announcements from automakers and the federal government, as well as provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, aim to stimulate electric vehicle (EV) deployment, and ongoing technology improvements continue to make EVs a more affordable and practical option. However, many challenges remain to meet the needs of all buyers and drivers and to ensure that manufacturing supply chains and the electric system can support this large-scale transformation.
While consumers have time to consider switching from combustion to an electric vehicle, manufacturers have to prepare their automation strategy today for the future. FANUC America has automated more processes in the manufacturing of the internal combustion engine and vehicle assembly process than any other automation company. We're leading the way in the EV market as well. Automating the production process of battery cells is a high priority for vehicle manufacturers and no one has more experience than FANUC.
As EV models become more popular, electric vehicle production demands evolution. For all types of electric vehicles, production and assembly require precision and efficiency. Integrating FANUC automation solutions into the electric vehicle value chain allows manufacturers of EV parts to:
The production of lithium-ion battery packs, for electric vehicles, is only part of the process. Electric vehicle manufacturers must also account for the production and assembly of essential battery parts, such as inverters, skateboards, and cooling features.
Electric battery inverters convert direct current (DC) energy into alternating current (AC) to provide power to a device. For electric vehicles, the inverter is a crucial component that allows the redirection of power to internal devices.
The automotive skateboard chassis is a space-efficient and cost-effective element of electric vehicles, making it possible to fit the bodies of different types of EVs to the same frame model. Optimizing the production of the EV skateboard with robots and automated solutions can only improve the efficiency of production and reduce extraneous labor costs.
Ensuring effective thermoregulation is a critical part of manufacturing electric vehicles. Manufacturing and assembly battery cooling trays and hoses benefits from the standardization and flexibility afforded by integrated automation solutions.
To make it happen, you need solutions that maximize productivity to help you stay competitive in a fast-moving market. Help ensure your production can keep up. Learn how to drive productivity in electric vehicle and battery manufacturing.
Invasive sounds emanating from engine stop-start mechanisms, electric motor generators, and power unit switching systems, among other components, can detract from the driving experience and could undermine the appeal of electric vehicles.
And due to falling battery prices, electric vehicle (EV) sales will outpace traditional vehicle sales in the next decade, creating fierce competition for gaining market share in the electric vehicle space.
However, automakers and suppliers face many challenges to achieve the same success with the development of electric vehicles. They struggle with embracing the latest technologies while maintaining the same levels of quality and efficiency.
Startups have disrupted the automotive industry by innovating new technologies at lightning speed, reducing battery prices, and opening up the possibility of commercializing electric vehicles with mass-market appeal.
However, electric vehicle manufacturers are struggling to scale up production more than they might expect as they need to be more aware of the challenges of scaling up production. Otherwise, they risk high costs due to delayed product introductions or the downright failure of innovative product designs.
In addition to new competition in the market, OEMs are facing a steep rise in engineering complexity due to growing consumer demand for vehicle connectivity. Customers expect more than just transportation; they want fast charging, extended driving, and a personalized experience.
Compared with ICE vehicles, EVs require a significant increase in electronics content, a more complex electrical architecture, multiple voltage systems, and additional software. Even engineers working on designing a single EV power electronics component need to consider more implications than ever before.
With 40 million electric vehicles expected in Europe by 2030, the EV market is about to explode. One in two cars passing you on the road could be fully electric by 2050.
Although technology-driven market players have found ways to develop electric vehicles at more competitive price points and achieve improved performance with every new introduction, traditional automakers have trouble following that trend.
Siemens Vehicle Electrification offers a comprehensive set of digital solutions to slash development time, increase manufacturing adaptability, improve energy efficiency, and deliver high-quality electric vehicles on time and on budget.
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Regardless of the size of your company, safety should always be a top priority. When comparing electric vehicles to internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEs), EVs are generally considered safer than their traditional counterparts. This is because EVs go through additional safety certifications on top of the established safety testing and standards requirements.
Lastly, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are structurally more safe than ICE vehicles as they do not have an engine and related components. This creates additional space to act as a crumple zone which protects the occupants from absorbing most of the energy in the event of a collision.
Saving on fuel costs is another considerable benefit of driving an EV. Forbes stated that it costs less than half as much to travel in an EV compared to a gasoline-powered vehicle. This is due to electric vehicles being three to four times more efficient at converting energy. Another factor is that the average cost of electricity is lower than other fuels. Electricity rates are also more regulated, meaning they are more static throughout the year, unlike gas prices.
There is a reason why EVs are taking center stage in the efforts to combat climate change. The EPA states that the transportation sector is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for 29% of all emissions. Transitioning to electric vehicles will be essential for reducing our carbon footprint and achieving the climate goals of initiatives like the Paris Agreement.
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A friend once jokingly called the first group cashed-up greenies. These are people who are willing and able to spend a bit extra to put their environmental values into action. Especially in the 1990s and 2000s, buying an EV - or converting a gas vehicle to battery power - was an expensive proposition. But these early advocates quickly discovered there was more to driving electric than doing less damage to the environment. 59ce067264