Speeding the Energy Transition

Veronika Wright, EV Battery Expert | The Drive to Electric | #79

Transportation is responsible for 30% of our global carbon footprint. And it's 2/3 more efficient to drive electric vehicles than to burn gasoline.

But the US still lags far behind China and the EU when it comes to EV adoption.

So, what do prosumers and energy professionals need to know about furthering the electrification of transportation--in the US and beyond?

Dr. Veronika Wright is the EV battery expert behind Electrified Veronika, a consulting business that supports auto and battery manufacturers in the pursuit of clean transportation. She is also the author of the groundbreaking book, The Drive to Electric: How Innovative Minds Are Shaping Our Future.

On this episode of Clean Power Hour, Veronika joins Tim to discuss the resistance toward EV adoption in the US, describing the common misconceptions around electric vehicles and how batteries can be recycled or repurposed in a circular economy.

Veronika walks us through the pros and cons of several different EV battery models and considers the challenge of coaxing the industry toward standardization.

Listen in for Veronika's insight on the race to scale the manufacturing of EVs and learn the ins and outs of the current 'drive to electric.'

Key Takeaways

How Veronika got interested in batteries and the electrification of transportation

Why the US lags behind China and the EU in terms of EV adoption

Veronica's work around predicting the lifetime of an EV battery

The misconceptions around EV batteries depleting the lithium supply

How batteries can be recycled and repurposed in a circular economy

The pros and cons of structural battery packs and battery swapping solutions (and why Veronika is a fan of modular batteries)

The challenge of coaxing the EV industry toward standardization

Veronika's take on the trend toward battery-as-a-service

How EV charging from the road works and the pilot programs in Detroit and Sweden

Veronika's insight around wireless charging (and when it might go mainstream)

Who will win the race to scale the manufacturing of EVs

The creative new business models combining EVs with the clean energy market