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Electric Vehicles are Transforming the Transport Industry

Electric Car fixElectric Vehicles, and the opportunities they present, have changed dramatically in recent years. Only 8 years ago, the Electric Vehicle landscape in the UK was minimal. A total of 30,000 Electric Vehicles were on the road, and the number of charging points numbered in the small hundreds. Only four body styles were available: city cars, small family cars, small vans and sports coupés. Electric Vehicles were only a dot on the horizon, and only those who had expert knowledge in the field saw the growth that was coming. As the Electric Vehicles industry is evolving, expert knowledge regarding trends and technology enhances the career of professionals in the sector.

Now, in 2019, Electric Vehicles are a major factor in the transport industry. More than 190,000 vehicles are currently on the road, an increase of over 600% from 2011. 19,039 public connectors are available for Electric Vehicle charging, an increase of 6,000 in just one year. The range of vehicles has also expanded rapidly; with 77 body styles are now available, including large family cars, hatchbacks, estates, SUVs, executive models, and medium-sized vans. The landscape of the Electric Vehicle market is vastly different to that of 2011, and presents opportunities for those with the expert knowledge to navigate it.

Governments are preparing for the changes that this shift is bringing. In addition to financial benefits, innovative incentives are being introduced to encourage the use of Electric Vehicles. In the UK, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has been established to support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles. Most recently, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act was passed in 2018, which aims to upgrade motorway services with charging points and allow city and regional mayors to request their installation at petrol stations in their area.

“Electric Vehicles are a major factor in the transport industry. More than 190,000 vehicles are currently on the road, an increase of over 600% from 2011. 19,039 public connectors are available for Electric Vehicle charging, an increase of 6,000 in just one year.”

Norway, who arguably leads the way in Electric Vehicle adoption, has introduced a multitude of incentives. Electric Vehicle owners can not only avail themselves of grants, but also avoid road tax, road tolls, pay half price on ferries, receive free municipal parking in cities and can use bus lanes.

The EU as a whole is committing to Electric Vehicles as a key part of the future, recently committing to a 37.5% reduction in CO2 emissions from new vehicles by 2025.

Professionals who have expert knowledge in the Electric Vehicles industry have been able to stay ahead of the curve, and take advantage of opportunities as they appear. As the sector expands and diversifies, those with training from leading figures in the field position themselves to succeed in 2019.

The EEC’s Accredited Electric Vehicles course provides professionals with the knowledge and tools to apply expertise in the technology, policy and trends of Electric Vehicles to their career.

Limited places are available for the next Electric Vehicles Course:

University of London: 10th - 11th July 2019

If you would like more details on this course, or would like to register, please email [email protected] for more information. Alternatively, you can call us on +44 (0)131 446 9479.

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