Access to Electric Vehicles is an Environmental Justice Issue

 

We must build tomorrow’s transportation infrastructure with equity at it’s core 

According to Scientific American the shift to electrified transport represents a societal and technological change on par with the industrial revolution, the New Deal and the more recent digitalization of everything. The effects will have lasting impacts on our economy and built environment. As we embark on the mission to increase electric vehicle (EV) adoption, it is incumbent upon all stakeholders leading the transition to ensure equitable access to the benefits.

What about commercial and public fleets?

While much of the focus has been on passenger EVs, electrifying fleets will have a much greater impact on fighting climate change and mitigating the disproportionate effects on low-income and BIPOC communities. Thanks to corporate sustainability mandates and favorable total cost of ownership for EVs, the demand for medium to heavy-duty fleets will quickly surpass those of passenger vehicles.  The large electrical demand required to power commercial electric fleets will stress an already overburdened grid.  As such, on-site electricity generation, storage and demand-side management must be developed alongside charging stations to ensure cost-efficient, reliable and sustainable energy delivery.  Compared to passenger EV charging, building this infrastructure will require a much more concerted effort from utilities, capital markets and the private sector. However, rapid development is critical to ensuring the benefits of electrification are distributed equally, which is currently not the case. Not only will installing charging stations along key highway corridors lower the emissions and pollutants in the areas where many low-income and BIPOC communities are situated, this will help increase access to EV charging in rural areas where fleets often have to drive through to reach their final destination.

The rise of electric vehicles across all markets means that the acoustic challenge is now about sound quality and reducing high tones, instead of overall sound levels.

There are a vast number of opportunities within Electric Vehicles to achieve much lower levels of interior noise than is perceived by the manufacturers.   Download our White Paper here.

Ventac asses the problem by testing the vehicle, analyse the results, provide an acoustic report, design the solution using 3d CAD software, deliver a prototype solutions and validate the performance to ensure the noise reduction outcomes are as predicted.

Ventac is an established name in the supply of innovative and high-performance noise control solutions to the Bus, Coach, Agricultural and Specialist Vehicles sectors.  Our experience, technical knowledge, and acoustic expertise in an ever-changing industry allows us to work in partnership with our clients to quickly identify and solve their noise control problems and deliver an effective result.  

Contact us about our bespoke acoustic solutions to suit your business.

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