The rise of e-transport

Electric vehicles: the greener way from A to B

Manufacturers and governments are coming up with ways to make greener transport more readily available and affordable. We’re looking at some recent developments in the field of electric transport.

Electric vehicles are here to stay

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been around for a while and are here to stay as more and more focus is placed on the UK government's target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Electric vehicles enjoyed bumper sales in the UK in 2019, overtaking plug-in hybrids for the first time. Sales of EVs are still looking healthy, despite overall car sales during the Coronavirus lockdown falling to their lowest level since 1971.

Even during the Coronavirus lockdown, people were apparently researching their options for electric vehicles, with Google Trends showing searches for ‘electric cars 2020', ‘best electric cars' and ‘electric cars' seeing huge increases during May 2020.

But there's more to e-transport than personal EVs. According to BloombergNEF's Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020: "There are over 500,000 e-buses, almost 400,000 electric delivery vans and trucks, and 184 million electric mopeds, scooters and motorcycles on the road globally".

Let's take a closer look at some of the electric transport currently available and how it's being electrified for the future.

Electric personal transport

Electric options for so-called micro-mobility is a good place to start, with the range of electrified transport having expanded rapidly since they first emerged in 2017.

According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Global EV Outlook 2020, e-scooters, e-bikes and electric mopeds are now available in over 600 cities across more than 50 countries worldwide.