Engineering in the Rise of Electric Cars

With everyone keeping a close eye on their carbon footprint, manufacturers and engineers are working hard to provide environmentally sustainable solutions to humanity’s problems. If you’re in the automotive industry, it’s time to make a bigger space on your production line and in your showroom for electric cars. With ambitious government plans for a complete ban in the UK on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars beyond 2035, there’s still a lot to be done when it comes to zero-emissions vehicles.

But, electric cars have seen an explosion of popularity in recent years. Slowly but surely, more charging points are popping up throughout cities across the world. Global professionals within the automotive industry are striving to make the electric vehicle switch as accessible as possible, particularly when it comes to affordability.

Engineering in the Rise of Electric Cars

...pressure is on for civil engineers to prepare the infrastructure to support the increasing levels of electric vehicles

The car.

With diesel out and electricity in, it’ll take the skills and minds of people across the industry to make the world’s fleet a more carbon-neutral one. From mechanical to thermal, from chemical to electrical, the engineering industry is leaving no stone unturned. As engineering gears towards a more sustainable approach, there are many things for designers, engineers and manufacturers to consider when building modern cars including durability and safety. These two factors cannot be sacrificed, so it’s the job of engineers to find a solution. From the exterior components to seat fabrics, we predict that more companies will be pushing the boundaries when it comes to finding the latest materials.

Under the hood.

The heaviest and most expensive factor of an electric vehicle, the battery, is its key differentiating feature. Historically, car batteries have been relatively simple components. However, in the age of the EV, there are now far more challenges associated with them. Engineers must take into account complex factors to make sure the batteries produced don’t cause problems for the entire operating system. Not to mention issues around safe ways to dispose of them.

When consumers are choosing which electric vehicle, they’re advised to consider several things. The same can be said for those designing the cars engines. Factors like driving cycles (what is the vehicle being used for), maximum speed, torque, power and battery life will all affect the design of the engine.

Charging points.

Over the past decade, we’ve slowly seen towns and cities embracing electric. From regenerating their tram networks to introducing fleets of electric buses, the desire for transport to become a more sustainable industry is coming from the top down. We’re now seeing more car parks with designated charging bays in addition to charger friendly street parking.

The pressure is on for civil engineers to prepare the infrastructure required to support the increasing levels of electric vehicles on the roads. Some cities are further along in their preparations than others, with Southampton being identified as the UK’s best equipped for the EV revolution.

The automotive industry has seen huge advances over the last few decades. Sometimes it feels like your car can do everything except make the bed! At Parable, we believe in sustainable engineering that will safeguard future generations. To see more and more people take action when it comes to a more sustainable life is really encouraging. We’re excited to see how different the automotive landscape will look in the future and we’re equally proud to play an active part in it.

If you’re making plans to get your automotive business ready for zero-emissions vehicles, we’d love to be part of your project.

You can contact us here to find out more about how Parable can help you deliver on your goals for electric vehicles.

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