Research Review: Future-proofing the EV powertrain against cost volatility

Recent lockdowns around the world have had a pronounced effect on the environment. Throughout the beginning of the UK’s lockdown, most of its major cities saw a significant reduction in NO2 emissions. This was a direct result of reduced road traffic, as it accounts for 80% of NO2 emissions in the UK. This rapid improvement in air quality will place increasing pressure on the automotive industry to adopt emissions-reducing technologies, such as electrification.

Accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles (EV) in order to create change will require progress in two key areas; increasing range and reducing their cost premium over conventional vehicles. With the EV marketplace being so competitive and fast-paced, how can it be ensured that the right decisions today will still be the right decisions tomorrow? With rapidly advancing technology, regional divergence in demand, and uncertain supply chains, manufacturers must also consider future material availability and cost volatility alongside range and performance. In this Research Review, DSD discusses the use of its propriety development tools that not only enables objective system cost and performance analysis in today’s context but can evaluate future scenarios based on alternative trends.

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