Time to embrace some EV realities

Time to embrace some EV realities

There’s a moment when you’ve been working toward something where that “something” becomes very real and all the excitement you used to feel about it takes a back seat to the challenges that lie ahead. Moving forward means taking a deep breath, swallowing hard and remembering why you started down this path in the first place. Then, you plow ahead.

That moment for commercial decarbonization efforts within the trucking industry happened at this year’s ACT Expo. Sure there was plenty of excitement with a bevy of new EV announcements from new players and established OEMs, alike, as well as a few teases of what’s to come. But there was also a very clear message that trucking industry decarbonization efforts need to happen faster to gain ground on transportation’s impact on climate change.

Of course, it’s easy to point fingers at the logistics industry, but the fact is that there’s a role for everyone to play, if they chose to accept it. On this episode of The Amped EV Podcast we discuss some of the automotive industry’s latest decarbonization efforts on both the trucking and consumer sides; the latest infrastructure happenings, and what the open job market tells us about the future of electrification and fossil fuels.

This is an audio-only version of our episode discussing today’s EV realities. Go ahead, you’re already here – take a listen! But if you’re looking for moving pictures, click here.

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"In relation to EVs, you use [tungsten] in the looms. Tungsten gas is pumped into every semiconductor and you have about 2,000 semiconductors in each EV," says Lewis Black, president and CEO of Almonty Industries, a global mining company focused on tungsten mining. "In Korea, which is now at the forefront of batteries for the latest generation of batteries, you use it on the anodes and the cathodes. You use a nano-size fraction of tungsten so you can charge the battery much quicker and it doesn't combust, which, of course, is one of those things that obviously many EV owners are concerned about. So, it has an increasing role within EVs, as well as many other technology centers.

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