EV adoption targets are unachievable, says trade survey


  • ABB Automotive Manufacturing Outlook Survey reveals greater than half (59%) of respondents imagine EV adoption targets will not be achievable inside regulatory timelines
  • Shift to sustainable manufacturing seen extra positively – 80% say achievable, however difficult
  • Automation will probably be important to attaining efficiencies and deadlines

New international analysis commissioned by ABB Robotics and main trade publication Automotive Manufacturing Options, revealed that greater than half (59%) of respondents imagine the shift to pure electrical automobile manufacturing shouldn’t be achievable inside present legislative timelines.

The respondents surveyed highlighted challenges in adapting to a new battery provide chain, issues over excessive ranges of capital funding required, shortages of uncooked supplies, appropriate infrastructure and lack of grid capability.

Though 28% expressed the opinion that the deadlines had been achievable, additionally they indicated there could be important challenges, whereas 18% believed the current targets would by no means be met. Solely 11% believed that each one regional targets for EV adoption by 2030-2040 had been practical.

“The automotive trade is conscious about the stresses and strains concerned in assembly the proposed regional timetables for reaching full EV manufacturing,” mentioned Joerg Reger, Managing Director of ABB Robotics Automotive Enterprise Line.

“Automation is essential to creating manufacturing extra resilient, environment friendly and sooner to satisfy these targets, which is why we’re seeing excessive demand for our robots focusing on EV powertrain meeting. These options radically cut back construct occasions, enhance flexibility, additional simplify the manufacturing course of and in the end drive down manufacturing prices.”

The survey additionally highlighted the challenges concerned in adapting to a brand new battery provide chain, cited as a key barrier by 19% of respondents, whereas 16% had issues over the excessive ranges of capital funding required. Shortages of uncooked supplies, appropriate infrastructure, and lack of grid capability had been additionally excessive on the checklist of points but to be resolved.

Elsewhere, the dearth of charging infrastructure was quoted as the only largest constraint to EV adoption by greater than 1 / 4 (26%) of these surveyed, whereas 17% highlighted excessive automobile costs because the principal barrier to EV development.

“The survey confirms the automotive trade challenges – that manufacturing is underneath pressure and disrupted provide chains are underneath appreciable stress,” mentioned Daniel Harrison, Automotive Analyst at Automotive Manufacturing Options. “That is prone to be the ‘new by no means regular’, which poses appreciable challenges to how shortly the trade can transition to electrification and in addition wider manufacturing sustainability targets, particularly throughout a interval of nice financial uncertainty. Moreover, inside that context, challenges stay within the availability and price of labour and the way shortly massive workforces might be reskilled.”

Sustainable manufacturing

When questioned about delivering sustainable manufacturing, trade leaders had been extra constructive, with 80% predicting sustainability is achievable. Solely 4% felt it could not be attainable.

Of these surveyed, solely these in America (16%) felt that regulatory compliance was a key impediment (in comparison with 7% in Europe and simply 5% in Asia). Nevertheless, nearly 1 / 4 (24%) of all respondents prompt that the excessive capital expenditure required was the first problem to attaining sustainable manufacturing. 

The ABB survey contains near 600 international trade consultants, from automobile producers, and provides in any respect ranges of administration, engineering and different key professionals all through the automotive world.

Learn extra and obtain the ABB & AMS Automotive Manufacturing Outlook Survey and  infographics right here – https://new.abb.com/merchandise/robotics/initiatives/abb-ams-automotive-manufacturing-outlook-survey

Chris Worth

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