The Spectrum of Green
Although the proliferation of green vehicles continues apace, a recent survey conducted by Ipsos (ipsos-na.com) for RetailMeNot.com indicates that there is a whole lot going on that doesn’t meet the eye, as in a whole lot of people not being particularly concerned with the relative environmental benefits or benigness of their product purchases. The survey goes beyond cars to various products and practices, but auto is a part of it.
(I wonder about those people who apparently actively don’t buy green products. Are they ornery. . .or just don’t give a rat’s behind?)
OEMs are facing regulations that require improved fuel efficiency and/or reduced emissions from their cars and trucks—regulations that are global in scope. Whether it is in the U.S., Europe, or China, there are existing and forthcoming requirements for more environmental vehicles.
And while there are those who will show no interest in green products, there are also those who know the Earth is flat.
Lithium-ion batteries have become the technology of choice for EVs, and falling costs and rising energy levels could keep them on top for nearly two decades.
The engineers at Munro & Associates have taken a perfectly sound BMW i3 and taken it apart. Completely apart. And they are impressed with what they’ve discovered about how the EV is engineered.
Sandy Munro and his team of engineers and costing analysts at Munro & Associates were contacted by UBS Research—an arm of the giant banking and investment firm—and asked whether it was possible to do a teardown and cost assessment of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.