According to the IEA’s Global EV Outlook 2023, electric car sales saw another record year in 2022, despite supply chain disruptions, macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty, and high commodity and energy prices. The growth took place in the context of globally contracting car markets: total car sales in 2022 dipped by 3% relative to 2021. Electric car sales — including battery and plug-in hybrids — exceeded 10 million in 2022, up 55% from 2021. This figure exceeds the total number of cars sold across the entire EU and is nearly half the total number of cars sold in China in 2022.
IEA says that from 2017 to 2022, EV sales jumped from around 1 million to more than 10 million. The share of electric cars sales jumped from 9% in 2021 to 14% in 2022, more than ten times their share in 2017. And as I mentioned in a previous column, I even made the jump to an EV myself earlier this year.
EVs aren’t just about passenger cars, though. Mobile equipment is no stranger to electrics, and OEMs continue to explore EVs in this market. As our own Ken Korane reported this Spring, New Holland Construction has launched its first commercially available EV machine, the E15X electric power mini excavator. The excavator runs on a cobalt-free lithium-ion battery that powers a 21.5-hp motor, making it as powerful as the E14D diesel equivalent. The motor provides plenty of power to the load-sensing hydraulics for smooth and efficient operation in a compact and easily transportable package. On a fully charged battery, the excavator can reportedly operate for eight hours. It can be recharged in 10 hours with a standard 110 V outlet or within an hour with its fast charge features.
Beyond industries like construction, mining, and agriculture, we’re also seeing EVs begin to expand into aerospace and military applications. The coming years are sure to be exciting ones, and design engineers need to keep abreast of this fast-changing technology.
That’s why I’m excited to share the news that a new sister publication to Design World, called EV Engineering, will be launching this Fall. Based online at www.evengineeringonline.com, the new site will be a central point for you to learn about everything EV, from batteries to components, and technology news to testing, safety, and R&D efforts in the field. We’ll also have occasional special print sections dedicated to this technology here in Design World.
I invite you to visit the new site and sign up for its newsletter, which will be a great resource for all engineers trying to stay abreast of all things electric.
Paul J. Heney – VP, Editorial Director
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