How Weather Intelligence Can Accelerate Biden’s EV Plan

President Biden introduced a multi-faceted policy on Thursday that aims to rapidly shift Americans from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles in the next few years. 

Gasoline-powered cars and trucks are the largest single source of greenhouse gases produced in the U.S., accounting for 28% of the nation’s total carbon emissions. In an effort to reduce pollution, the new national target for electric vehicles is to make up half of all new vehicle sales by 2030. 

“We have got to act, the transportation sector is the biggest part of our economy emitting greenhouse gases, and cars and trucks are one of the biggest parts of that,” Treasury Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CNBC.

Mr. Biden also said on Thursday that he sees electric vehicles as not only an opportunity to address climate change but also to grow jobs in the United States if the domestic supply chain is retooled. 

While the Biden Administration is eager to shift to EVs, overall, the current adoption rate of electric vehicles remains low. 

McKinsey reports that more than 2.2 million EVs were purchased in 2018, a 63% increase over 2017. However, this is still only 3% of the overall vehicle market today. While McKinsey reports that 50% more people have considered buying an electric car, the overall adoption rate in the US remains fairly low. The weather may be at fault for this. 

How Weather Impacts Electric Vehicle Adoption

All cars, whether they are gas or electric, become less efficient in colder temperatures. However,the impact is more dramatic with EVs; anything below 40 degrees can dramatically impact battery range. It also takes longer to charge in cold weather. 

As we’ve previously mentioned on our blog, electric vehicles decrease range by up to 41% in cold weather. 

On the contrary, warmer weather can overheat batteries, too, losing efficiency by 4% without using air conditioning and 17% with air conditioning, according to a AAA study.

Various weather elements deter some buyers from committing to an EV, but proper weather forecasting could eliminate most risks and make buyers less anxious about vehicle range and charge.

Using Weather Intelligence to Improve EV Safety

Integrating forecast weather information into vehicle systems can automatically trigger “economy mode” or send alerts to proactively change driving behavior such as hard braking or maintaining the speed limit to conserve energy. 

EV drivers need actionable insights when driving in various weather conditions. When weather impacts vehicle range, knowing when to stop and charge is crucial. A weather intelligence platform like Tomorrow.io can help. 

Changes in temperatures aren’t the only weather-related risk. Drivers sometimes experience visibility issues with fog, hazardous conditions from precipitation, and snow/ice on the road. 

A solution like Tomorrow.io would send up-to-the-minute alerts to not only prevent accidents but also provide a more accurate range prediction. 

This data can be integrated directly into the driving experience as well as an app to send notifications. Major vehicle companies like Ford are taking full advantage of weather intelligence in vehicles, making a better customer experience for drivers and increasing safety at the same time. 

Ford Optimizes PHEV Technology with Tomorrow.io

A recent study by Ford examined the potential of commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to improve air quality in urban centers, also offering a solution for eco-friendly city transportation. 

The Ford Transit Custom PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is the company’s first step in a global push toward EVs. Ford is relying on Tomorrow.io’s weather intelligence to further optimize this initiative. 

“Our research has shown how plug-in hybrid vehicles, and emerging connected technologies such as dynamic geofencing and blockchain, can play a major role in transforming cities,” said Mark Harvey, director, enterprise connectivity, Ford of Europe. “With their zero-emission capability with no range anxiety, PHEVs offer a practical, flexible alternative to diesel, making them ideal as general-purpose vehicles for work in and around cities.”

Ford’s geofencing feature helps cities maximize air quality benefits when needed most. For example, the vehicle’s zero-emission electric-drive mode automatically activates when it enters a low-emission zone. This feature can also be triggered by an air quality warning from Tomorrow.io’s API

Weather Intelligence for a Sustainable Future 

Tomorrow.io is proud to partner with companies like Ford in an effort to provide sustainable solutions. 

As the Bide Administration works to increase the adoption rate of electric vehicles in the U.S. by 2030, relying on accurate weather information is crucial. 

To learn more about how Tomorrow.io’s weather intelligence can increase climate security and fight climate change, watch our CEO, Shimon Elkabetz testify before Congress

Photo by Michael Fousert on Unsplash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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