The desire to have an electric car is increasing and automakers are aware of this demand. The industry is developing new models powered by electricity, with more efficient batteries and seeking increasingly competitive prices.
A study by AlixPartners, an American consultancy, showed that by 2028, 33% of vehicles sold will be electric cars. The survey also projects a greater leap by 2035, with 54% of the market for electrified models. This means that, in a few years, more than half of world sales will be electricincreasing the demand for electricity.
For everyone to be able to recharge their vehicles, in addition to the infrastructure of charging points, it will be necessary to expand the energy matrix and Brazil can take the lead.
According to Aneel, more than half of the electricity produced in our country comes from water sources (59.13%). About 12.08% is generated by wind farms, and 3.3% by solar energy through photovoltaic panels.
The desire to have an electric car is increasing and automakers are aware of this demand.
We know that the increase in the number of electric vehicles on the streets also means growth in the demand for energy and, ultimately, may even increase its cost. But Brazil has a unique water, wind and solar potential, which places the country in a privileged position on the world stage.
Therefore, we must diversify our energy matrix, expanding wind farms, creating incentives for the installation of solar panels, through tax benefits, for example.
From 2021 to 2022, the energy grid in Brazil grew by 2%. By 2026, the increase should be 12.4%, according to Safira Energia. Keeping this projection, the available energy may not be enough. If by 2030 EV’s correspond to 10% of the fleet in the country, these vehicles will demand 9.4 GW of energy.
However, there are also alternatives on the horizon. On Brazilian soil, for example, we have innovative projects that reuse electric car batteries to store solar energy, which will provide clean energy for 24 hours.
On the other hand, recharging electric vehicles in Shopping Centers can be a good deal, since shopping centers and industries usually obtain energy in the Free Contracting Environment (ACL), which offer energy rates up to 30% lower compared to suppliers regulated contracting.
Part of our energetic “independence” can come from the sun and the winds. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Brazil is among the 20 countries with the largest installed capacity for solar energy on the planet. Obtained from the power of the wind, wind energy is a renewable source with low environmental impact.
Brazil recorded the first instantaneous wind generation record of 2022
In July of this year, the beginning of the wind season, Brazil recorded the first instantaneous wind generation record of 2022, producing 14,167MW of energy, according to the National System Operator (ONS). By merging hydro, solar and wind potentials, we have a privileged energy mix with great potential for expansion.
And how is the auto industry in this scenario? Investments in more efficient batteries, that is, with greater autonomy and shorter recharge time, are the main objectives.
The Chevrolet Blazer EV, which will be launched in 2023, already has a state-of-the-art engine and battery pack. Called Ultium, the battery will add 130 km of autonomy every 10 minutes at an ultra-fast charging point. In this way, the future of the Blazer EV is to run up to 530 km on a full charge.
With the technology embedded in electric models, which make vehicles more efficient, combined with the diversification of the energy matrix, we will have an energized future.