The Electric Vehicle Collaborative Center for Research and Learning has a team of highly knowledgeable and dedicated experts who conduct research on electric vehicles (EVs) and analyze findings by other research centers and organizations. They are interested in everything that has to do with EVs but in order to more effectively cover the entire industry and its sub-sectors, they are divided according to their specialization into the following groups.
History. Our history team focuses on history of EVs which is much longer than most people think. Though modern electric plug-ins and hybrids appeared only in the 1990s, the first EVs were around as early as the mid-19th century. What is more, they were preferred over the internal combustion engine-powered vehicles. Also, electric motors never really fell out of fashion. Even though the past century was characterized by the domination of fossil fuel cars, electric power has been used to propel a range of vehicles, most notably trains, buses and utility trucks, to mention only a few.
Environmental. Team that specializes in environmental issues researches and analyzes the influence of EVs on the environment. Even though plug-ins for instance don’t have any direct emissions, that doesn’t mean they are zero-carbon vehicles. More than half of the world’s electricity is generated by fossil fuel burning and therefore, anything powered by electricity including EVs are indirectly responsible for global climate change as well. Despite that, they are incomparably more environmentally friendly than the conventional vehicles and will become even more friendly in the future considering that a larger share of electricity is going to be generated from renewable and zero to low-carbon energy sources.
Technical. This team conducts research and evaluations that concern technical issues, with an emphasis on improvements of the existing systems and introduction of new technologies to overcome the greatest weaknesses of EVs. Unfortunately, there are still quite a few and next to the higher initial purchase cost, they are among the main reasons why the majority of drivers prefer fossil fuel vehicles over EVs. Examples include driving range, charge time and speed, to mention just a few.
Future. Our experts who work in the “future team” aren’t only exploring and developing concepts for the future but are also interested in the present-day solutions. However, they focus on groundbreaking and pioneering projects when it comes to both EVs and infrastructure with an aim to try to determine their feasibility as well as to find alternative solutions to concepts deemed impractical, unreasonably expensive or unattainable in some other way.