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EV growth and its impact on the automotive supply chain


The speed with which electric vehicles (EV) are being adopted globally is fundamentally changing the economics and dynamics of the automotive industry. In addition to escalating demand for electric cars and vans with ever greater range and faster recharging options, the industry is also facing up to a need to address the underlying supply chain. How much progress has the industry made in adopting better, more efficient and environmentally sound battery technology throughout its logistics operations?

Steve Richmond,主任物流系统,俊庚里希英国, discusses the importance of embracing electric battery technology throughout the automotive supply chain.


The adoption of EVs appears to have reached a tipping point. With rising consumer awareness of issues such as increasing greenhouse gas emissions and the implications for the environment globally, countries have been prompted to rethink the use of fossil fuels in transportation. Indeed, with governments now setting targets regarding the sale of EVs, incentives to encourage consumers to swap from diesel and petrol are driving up the adoption of EVs.

As a result, battery technology is evolving fast, with vendors increasing their efforts to produce more prismatic lithium-ion batteries catering to this spike in demand from the automotive industry. It is also very interesting to discover that the implications of this shift in consumer commitment to EVs is being felt outside the automotive design area, according to最近的研究代表了俊格里希英国进行.

Almost half (49%) of the logistics experts surveyed currently using diesel or LPG trucks are thinking of replacing them with a battery powered alternative, and it is environmental considerations that are significantly influencing decision making. Over half (54%) of those looking to move to electric trucks confirm that environmental factors, such as a reduction in emissions, are a key motivation.

Environmental commitment

The opportunity to embrace innovative battery technology within the supply chain should be a key consideration for an automotive industry increasingly advertising the environmental credentials of EVs. The ability to create an end-to-end logistics operation that has replaced diesel batteries with lithium-ion, reinforces the overall commitment to better, more efficient operations that also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Of course, with the automotive industry also facing a global downturn in overall consumer demand, environmental benefits can never be considered in isolation. However, as the survey revealed, the logistics market is also poised to explore the additional efficiency provided by battery innovation, with 38% confirming improvements in battery technology are making lithium-ion trucks more attractive.

这确实是一个良性的圆圈。对推动锂离子创新的EV的需求是消费者需求;而且,汽车行业现在可以利用促进更大的物流效率的创新。例如,引入更好的电源管理技术正在降低电池充电时间并使机会充电,这是实现更有效的操作。叉车现在可以整个班次运行,避免浪费时间作为操作员交换电池。此外,对于现在能够在900 mm的负载中心升高到900吨的锂离子动力卡车选项,并且适用于室内和室外使用,这项技术可以在整个供应链中更广泛地部署。


The rise in EV awareness and ownership is transforming the dynamics of the automotive industry – creating new consumer expectations and demands for greater efficiency. The industry needs to embrace the rapid improvements in forklift battery technology, including battery management, to achieve the key goals of enhanced environmental performance and better efficiency.

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