Giving EV Customers What They Want

You can’t always get what you want. It’s a great song, but not a great marketing slogan. Electric vehicle manufacturers are singing it too loudly these days, as the gap between what EVs are capable of doing and what consumers want them to do remains wide. Ultracapacitors will help change that tune in the automotive industry.

In a recent survey, 13,000 consumers told Deloitte they want EVs that go farther, charge faster and cost less. Deloitte’s report, “Unplugged: Electric vehicle realities versus consumer expectations,” draws on the comments of possible EV customers in 17 countries, many of whom said their expectations for recharging and range differed drastically from what manufacturers are offering.

In covering the Deloitte findings, Pete Danko of Earth Techling wrote, “The Deloitte report, by the way, matches up pretty well with what we saw earlier this year in research into American views on EVs conducted by the University of Delaware. In that case, researchers found consumers looking at driving range, fuel cost and charging time above other criteria when considering an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid.”

It doesn’t have to be this way. EV consumers can get what they want. Ioxus ultracapacitors already improve EVs by harvesting energy from regenerative braking and other actions and storing it for other uses, thereby lengthening the time needed between charging. And as we pursue higher density ultracaps that rival the energy density of lead acid storage batteries, the benefits to drivers will escalate.

As ultracap innovation gets us closer to the wholesale replacement of lead acid storage batteries, here’s what EV drivers can expect:

  • Recharge rates of minutes, not hours
  • Tolerance for hundreds of thousands of charge/discharge cycles
  • Virtually no maintenance for the ultracap component

EV customers are right to demand more of the manufacturers designing the cars of the future. Ultracapacitors will help them get what they want.

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    ONEONTA, N.Y., April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ioxus, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitors and energy storage products, announced today that the 24V uSTART® battery support system is now being offered as the heavy equipment industry's only drop-in replacement product that needs no special wiring. Using two group 31 batteries in series, with one 24V uSTART in parallel, users can replace their 4D battery in heavy equipment.

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    The goal of the uSTART system is to provide the vehicle with a start, no matter the condition of the existing batteries or external temperature. If the batteries run too low duread more...

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