In the last ten years, the share of electric cars in the global car market has experienced a big jump, and it is expected that this trend will grow exponentially. According to Statista, about 580,000 plug-in electric cars were sold in 2015, and in 2021 that number rose to almost seven million.

Thus, the share of electric cars in the total number of sold cars exceeded five percent. Although it doesn’t seem like much at first glance, one should take into account the fact that the growth has increased tenfold in the last seven years, so it can be expected that this number will soon become respectable.

Bloomberg’s report by New Energy Finance shows that by 2040, as much as 58 percent of global car sales will be made by electric ones, and that they will make up a third of the world’s cars. By 2025, electric cars will reach 10 percent of global sales of their own vehicles, and in 2030 they will grow to 28 percent, the report says.

The fact is that electric vehicles are already significantly more economical in everyday use than conventional vehicles. Research claims that they are ten times cheaper than classic cars powered only by fuel. At the same time, electric vehicles have 100 times less moving parts, which means that they practically do not require special maintenance. What distracts many from buying an electric vehicle is, most often, the initial investment, but there is already a decline in the prices of lithium batteries, which means that the prices of electric vehicles will also decrease.

Growth of energy consumption in buildings

According to Darko Lopotar, Schneider Electric’s building manager for high-rise construction in Southeast Europe, current habits of using and charging vehicles will change significantly with the use of electric vehicles.

“As a rule, 95 percent of electric vehicles will be charged at home, at work and at the destination, and only 5 percent will go for fast charging in transit, which will be charged. This way of charging will increase the consumption of electricity in buildings, since charging electric vehicles increases the total electricity consumption of the building by up to 40 percent “, explains Lopotar and adds that therefore building owners should think ahead when it comes to electrical load of the building and its adjusting to increased consumption.

He says that this is a great challenge of our time – how to adjust the infrastructure that will support the electrification of transport without disrupting the current electrical installations, that is, how to reduce costs to a minimum.

Additional installations and devices

“The solution is in electricity management through smart charging and digitization technologies, integrating all elements into a single eMobility solution. This means connecting the EV charger to a real-time load management system. Thus, for a start, we have enabled the uninterrupted and simultaneous work of several energy consumers in a building “, says Lopotar and adds that the next step is to take care of consumption.

Currently, we are all witnessing an increase in energy prices, which is why the introduction of additional systems for production and storage of electricity on the building (eg photovoltaic panels, electricity tanks) is the best solution, and if we look at it through the example of a larger office building, it is a large scale.

In this phase, we are talking about micro-networks – networks that can integrate local production and consumption of electricity, storage systems (eg batteries) and powering electric vehicles.

In the end, it is necessary to bring all the electricity to the building, which means that additional installations and additional devices will be needed to protect and manage the distribution of electricity “, explains Lopotar.

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