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Top story in 2018 predictions from 14 EV experts-EVadoption

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electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? Insights from 14 electric vehicle industry executives, consultants, and experts.

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  1. 1. What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? Insights from 14 electric vehicle industry executives, consultants, and experts. EVAdoption.com
  2. 2. 2017 was the year the question around the future of electric vehicles went from “If?” to “When?” EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018?
  3. 3. EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018?
  4. 4. To explore what some of the biggest electric vehicle (EV) trends might be in 2018, we asked 14 industry experts for their insights and predictions by answering this question: What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018?
  5. 5. Participants • Mike Calise, Blink Charging • Doug Campbell, Solid Power • Caradoc Ehrenhalt, EV Safe Charge • Jason France, ClipperCreek, Inc. • Alex Gruzen, WiTricity • John Kalb, EV Charging Pros • Joel Levin, Plug in America EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? • Scott Mercer, Volta Charging • Terry O’Day, EVgo • Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint • Arcady Sosinov, FreeWire Technologies • Dan Sturges, Transportation Revolutionary • Matt Teske, Chargeway • Isaac Wittenstein, TEQ Charging
  6. 6. Mike Calise – Blink Charging CEO EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @BlinkNetwork www.BlinkCharging.com In the US, 2018 will be the tipping point and most profound year in EV history. From ~100 EVs in 2010, ~10k sold in 2011, ~100k cumulative through 2013, ~100k sold in 2014, and ~200k sold in 2017, the growth of EVs has grown exponentially. We will have over one million cumulative EVs on the road sometime this year and 2018 will make a real impact on the overall auto market and go down in history as the "Year of the EV”.
  7. 7. Doug Campbell – Solid Power Founder & CEO EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @SolidPowerInc www.SolidPowerBattery.com 2017 saw many major automakers and governing bodies promise a transition to all-electric, meanwhile plug-in vehicle sales surpassed 1% of the global market. We have since learned a tremendous amount about battery requirements and performance needed to unlock this market, but the same effort needs to be placed in driving consumer adoption. Following last year’s commitments, 2018 will be the inflection point; with improved technology, vehicle diversity, and overall sales experience helping propel the EV customer base beyond early adopters.
  8. 8. Caradoc Ehrenhalt – EV Safe Charge Founder & CEO EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @EVSafeCharge www.EVSafeCharge.com Auto manufacturers are committing to fewer gas-powered vehicles, so we see the biggest development is the overall 'pull' being initiated by those car makers for infrastructure that'll help support that enormous growth in vehicles over the coming decades. Convenience and “range confidence” will grow enormously, with dramatic drops in “fueling” time as Level 2 and DC Fast charging come online. While fixed infrastructure remains the number one priority, mobile charging systems will make access much easier, especially in this transitional time.
  9. 9. Jason France – ClipperCreek, Inc. President and Founder EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @ClipperCreek www.ClipperCreek.com We expect the monthly electric vehicle sales rate to double by the end of 2018 with the affordable, long-range Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 now available.
  10. 10. Alex Gruzen – WiTricity CEO EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @WiTricity www.WiTricity.com The first EV from a major automaker will ship with wireless charging. Everything is going wireless and EVs are no different. No mess, no hassle and no plugs. As BMW recently started promoting, Wireless charging will be easier than refueling. In 2018 the SAE global standard for wireless EV charging will be finalized, demonstrating that wireless power transfer is being embraced by all automakers. From making the EV experience more consumer-friendly, to enabling AV robo-taxis - wireless EV charging is on track to become ubiquitous.
  11. 11. John Kalb – EV Charging Pros Founder & CEO EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @EVChargingPros www.EVChargingPros.com I predict that an entrepreneurial organization will recognize the strategic value of the "electrified fueling station of the future" and will announce a significant investment in development of these stations in the US. These fueling stations will not be developed for the top 10 existing electric vehicle markets, but more broadly located in the top 10-50 cities nationwide. If you build it they will come and being first in these markets by 2022 will provide market differentiation as the electrification of the transportation system scales.
  12. 12. Joel Levin – Plug In America Executive Director EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @PlugInAmerica www.pluginamerica.org U.S. plug-in car sales will nearly double to 2% of the auto market. Sales will really take off this summer when a number of new models start getting delivered in large numbers. The Tesla Model 3 will be a big part of this story, as deliveries gradually ramp up, but the 2018 Nissan LEAF and new Honda PHEV Clarity will also start to move in large numbers during 2018. The Chevy Bolt, which sold over 3200 units in December, will continue to grow in popularity in 2018. Big growth in these four cars, together with steady increases in a number of other models, and overall flat sales among gas cars, should easily push EVs to 2% market share in 2018. Watch for lots of press stories about the “arrival” of the EV this summer and fall.
  13. 13. Scott Mercer – Volta Charging Co-Founder & CEO EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @VoltaCharging www.VoltaCharging.com EV adoption and charging infrastructure will reach a tipping point as U.S. drivers enter the age of EVs without compromise. We've found that 81% of people already live within 5 miles of an EV charging station, and 56% live within 2 miles of one. But in 2018, infrastructure access and awareness will join supply as key talking points in the e-mobility conversation - and we will see a massive proliferation of useful, universal EV infrastructure.
  14. 14. Terry O’Day – EVgo VP, Product Strategy and Market Development EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @EVgo www.EVgo.com Building on existing investments of ~$2B from EV charging companies, automakers, property owners, and others, 2018 has brought announcements of planned investments in EV charging stations in the North American market to exceed $8 billion. Combined with the proliferation of longer-range and lower- cost EV models, current and future infrastructure investments over the next 5-10 years are intended to give product planners and consumers confidence in EV charging station infrastructure to improve charging times, enable long-range driving, and reach diverse communities.
  15. 15. Pasquale Romano – ChargePoint President and Chief Executive Officer EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @chargepointnet www.ChargePoint.com In 2018, there will no longer be a question about whether electric drive will be the technology that propels goods and people for the foreseeable future. This year, the new focus will be on the fleetification of everything and how that, coupled with electric drive, will change our lives more than we ever expected. Traditional segments like transit bus and delivery vehicle fleets will start to make significant strides towards electric and the move from owned to shared models will accelerate due to the tremendous advantages that electrification and autonomous drive bring to the table.
  16. 16. Arcady Sosinov - FreeWire Technologies Co-Founder & CEO EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @FreeWireTech www.freewiretech.com Managed fleet companies (like Avis Budget Group) will announce major programs to electrify their fleets, and non- managed fleet companies​ (such as Uber, Lyft) will announce incentives for drivers to use electric vehicles rather than combustion vehicles. That will spur investment in EV fast charging by the fleet companies themselves, with Uber and others deploying charging around urban centers. I also believe by 2019, utilities will partner up with these fleets to subsidize the cost of deployment of this charging infrastructure.
  17. 17. Dan Sturges – Transportation Revolutionary Transportation Revolutionary EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @DNASturges www.aboutDanSturges.com 2018 is when EVs become mainstream, with nearly every large automotive company having an EV offering. And as efforts to greatly expand EV charging around the US take place, more focus will begin on installing EV charging infrastructure in locations that can be converted to "back-stage" locations to support autonomous (e-powered) vehicles. 2018 will also become the year where new "multi-mobility" (Uber, Lyft, Didi, etc.) services gain traction with consumer- citizens (aka "consumizens") beginning to move past car ownership. As this shift in mobility occurs the smaller the behavior change for EV adoption will seem to consumizens.
  18. 18. Matt Teske – Chargeway Founder EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @Chargeway www.Chargeway.net Throughout 2018 news of upcoming electric cars will continue to increase, eliciting more interest from the general public. This trend will shed a brighter light on the necessity to improve electric car marketing and communication strategy in order to compete more effectively with gas-powered vehicles. Explaining the electric car customer experience more easily to dealerships and average people is a top priority for increasing sales. Without a new strategy electric cars will continue to have a niche identity with consumers.
  19. 19. Isaac Wittenstein – TEQ Charging CEO, Co-founder EVAdoption.com – What will be the biggest electric vehicle news story or development in 2018? @TEQCharging www.TEQCharging.com This year we will see the first set of national mainstream advertisements for electric vehicles across multiple brands. The increased awareness and knowledge of electric vehicles and the infrastructure will be critical in reducing the anxiety and increasing comfort in choosing electric. These more educated and intent buyers will also result in more engaged and EV-friendly salespeople at dealerships, ultimately helping shift the market from early adopters to the early majority.
  20. 20. 2018 EV Predictions was created by Loren McDonald of EVAdoption www.EVAdoption.com EVAdoption.com

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