The automotive industry is currently undergoing an enormous change due to the electrification of transport, and TWI is able to assist through various electro mobility (e-mobility) solutions.
Electric cars, both fully electric and hybrid vehicles, increasing in popularity means larger differences in materials, joining requirements, and processes of manufacture. Significant numbers are now being manufactured, as environmental issues increase the demand for electric/hybrid electric vehicles (EVs).
TWI is at the forefront of innovations in electric powered vehicles and can offer help with the processes involved in this industry.
Exhaust pipe emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from motor vehicles contribute a significant proportion of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Road transport emits about 25% of Britain's total CO2, with passenger cars alone accounting for nearly half that figure, and car use is continually growing all over the world. Britain alone now has a fleet of 27 million cars.
It is recognised globally that the internal combustion engine is a very big part of the climate change problem, and that transport will have to be "decarbonised," limiting the use of fossil fuels as part of the worldwide move to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.
International competition for EVs is intensifying as new manufacturing facilities are being opened in China, USA, Malaysia, and Europe.
The batteries in a battery electric vehicle (BEV) must be recharged periodically. BEVs most commonly charge from the national power grid, through a domestic plug charging point, public charging stations, or a bespoke commercial outlet.
Although charging time is limited by the capacity of the grid connection, BEVs are normally designed to be fully charged overnight. The charging infrastructure required to support electric/plug in hybrid vehicles itself has many technical issues, which require the development of low-cost, reliable mobility solutions. TWI can assist companies in this area.
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