The IDTechEx Research report “Energy Independent Vehicles 2016-2026”
explores the latest developments in the booming energy autonomous
Forget the obsession with driverless autonomous cars; energy
independent vehicles (EIV) are the megatrend. Electric land
vehicles, boats, underwater craft and aircraft already exist that never
plug in or refuel. Most use solar cells for their power, storing the
power for night use. They are not without shortcomings - few use bad
weather harvesting and they waste much of the captured energy as heat.
However, the good news is that these weaknesses can be fixed.
The best EIVs will charge batteries, even while stationary, using
harvesting equipment. Tethered aircraft charging ship batteries at
tens of kilowatts have been demonstrated. You can buy boats that charge
batteries by the propeller going backwards when the boat is moored in a
tidestream and, with sailing boats, when under sail. In windy areas, a
car could erect a wind turbine and extend more solar panels when parked.
Spray-on solar is also promised.
Dr Peter Harrop of analysts IDTechEx
enthuses, “Taken together, the multiple uses of energy harvesting for
internal efficiency and for external sourcing of energy can give tenfold
increase in performance by 2025. Structural
electronics will take it further. Already, autonomous underwater
vehicles already surface to convert solar and wave power. Even remote
regions and developing countries will afford EIVs with near-zero
operating cost and ultimate freedom of use. Today's demonstrations and
plans shows this will encompass on- and off-road vehicles, boats, ships,
airships and fixed wing planes. It will not all happen overnight but
here is a huge new industry in the making.”
The whole electric vehicle business is forecasted by IDTechEx to be
around $400bn in 2026, rising strongly thereafter. As outlined in the
new report “Energy
Independent Vehicles 2016-2026”, IDTechEx expects that electric
energy independent vehicles will become an increasingly significant part
of this multi-billion dollar industry.
provides unique insight into electrical EIVs on land, on water,
underwater and in the air with the electric vehicle market addressable
by energy independence technology forecasted in 45 categories. It also
explains how self-powered, zero-pollution vehicles will increasingly use
many forms of high power energy harvesting (HPEH).
For more see www.IDTechEx.com/eiv.
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(September 30, 2015 - 9:10 AM EDT)
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