Fleet electrification gains momentum on the world stage


Climate change is already mobilizing governments and companies. On August 16, US President Joe Biden signed the law that created a package worth no less than US$ 430 billion. Objective: to combat climate change and also inflation. But where does electric mobility come in??

If, on the one hand, the historic climate law, also approved by the US House of Representatives, will benefit the US economy, we cannot fail to mention the positive nod made to consumers of electric vehicles (EV’s) there.

With this initiative alone, the US government created a project that includes a credit of US$ 7,500 for the purchase of a new electric vehicle, and a US$ 4,000 discount on the purchase of a used EV, which is well valued in the market. Only one obstacle can derail plans to accelerate fleet electrification in the United States: low inventory. In a survey by Bloomberg Green Electric Car Ratings, Americans surveyed revealed having to wait almost seven months, on average, for an electric car.

However, this phenomenon is not unique to the United States. In Australia, the delivery delay for a new Tesla can be up to nine months. The imbalance between supply and demand has caused used cars to be sold at higher prices.

The electrification of the world fleet continues at cruising speed, even in the face of a scenario in which it is necessary to wait for the vehicle. In a short time, the market will adjust and it will be possible to meet the growing demand.

Proof of this are the plans of the Brazilian company 99, a transport application that started its activities in 2012. They recently announced that they intend to reach 10,000 electric vehicles running across the country by 2025. Together with BYD, 99 has already put several EV’s in circulation. The new partnership, now with Movida, will make 50 electric cars available for rent. By the end of 2022, the company wants to have 300 electric cars on the road.

Another transition that is starting to gain traction is that of electric motorcycles and a national project is shining in this segment. Call of “Northeast Tesla”, Voltz plans to produce 20,000 bikes by the end of this year. It may seem like a high number, but in May the company opened a modern factory in Manaus (AM), with an installed capacity to produce 200,000 units. It does not stop there.

They are developing five new motorcycle models and investing in new battery change stations. The idea is to implement battery exchange points, where the rider will deliver almost discharged parts and replace them with charged ones.

Aware of the changes in mobility, iFood has partnered with Voltz to make available the Voltz EVS Work iFood electric motorcycle, a version made exclusively for couriers registered in the delivery app. According to the companies, switching from a combustion engine to an electric one can represent a savings of 60% for couriersconsidering fuel costs.

The growth of the world fleet of electric cars collides with the low stock available by automakers. Source: gettyimages

Although timid, some public sector stimuli can boost the sector even more. In May of this year, the Bill (PL) that creates tax incentive policy for electric mobility development research in Brazil, was approved by the Senate Science and Technology Committee. It is worth noting that, among the bill’s proposal, is the determination that companies benefiting from tax waivers in the Rota 2030 — Mobility and Logistics innovation program, must apply 1.5% of the tax benefit in research on the development of technology for vehicles electrical. Without a doubt, this is an investment in the future.

We are just at the beginning of the transition to electric mobility. Brazil has potential and can contribute greatly to the electrification of the planet.

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