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How Fiber Lasers Support the Breakthrough of e-mobility Discussed by Matt Wallis of SPI Lasers

The growth in the electric vehicle or e-mobility market has been explosive with a rise in vehicle population from around 0.74 million to over 5.4 million in only four years. But this preludes an astronomic rise in the population to between 125 million (conservative estimate) and 225 million (aggressive estimate) according to projections from the International Energy Agency.

To support this growth a range of technological advances are going to be required to support the move from fossil-fuel powered vehicles to electric vehicles. One such technology area, which can enable this growth is fiber lasers. SPI Lasers are a global manufacturer of fiber lasers and have produced this press release to highlight how their range of Continuous Wave and Pulsed Fiber lasers can be an enabler for future demand for electric vehicles.

Recently, SPI Lasers have published an infographic on the topic, which greatly helps to simplify conveying the information in an easy to digest visual format. We spoke to Matt Wallis, Head of Marketing Communications at SPI Lasers about the infographic and how SPI Lasers can support the projected rise in electric vehicle sales. We asked Matt, “So, why did you produce an infographic”, Matt replied “We have published many infographics in the past and felt this was a great way to convey all the information in a quick and easy to digest format. We feel it’s important to explain the projected rise in electric vehicle sales and how SPI lasers will be instrumental in supporting this rise.”

The infographic starts with some of the barriers to e-mobility breakthrough, which are battery supply, electricity availability, new e-vehicles cost, lack of charging infrastructure, lack of charging speed, lack of consumer knowledge, lack of trust and problems with the used e-vehicles market. You can view the infographic for more details of these barriers, many of which can be overcome by the use of fiber lasers. If these barriers are not overcome then undoubtedly the project number of electric vehicles will not be met, this will ultimately be bad for consumers and the environment.

We then spoke to Matt about the main areas that fiber lasers deliver. Matt said, “Fiber lasers help in many ways, for manufacturers a key area is quality and repeatability. Fiber lasers produce components with absolute precision, in whatever volumes are required. Lightweighting is another important area of e-mobility, our fiber lasers can help manufacturers to use lightweight materials.

Many metals worked with are dissimilar and don’t naturally weld together (e.g. copper and aluminium), our fiber lasers master any type of dissimilar metal welding, which isn’t always possible with other techniques. The speed of operation of our fiber lasers is also unparalleled and improves production rates when compared to traditional techniques”.

The infographic also discusses a variety of ways in which fiber lasers can be beneficial in e-mobility. “There are many specific ways in which fiber lasers help, we have summarised these in a list.” explains Matt.
Ablation and cleaning – cleaning of battery cells, edge trimming (e.g. after welding and drilling operations), ablation prior to welding and hairpin ablation
3D printing – 3D printing of parts and components and rapid prototyping, tools production
Cutting – component cutting, foil cutting and stator plate cutting
Drilling – cooling holes, general fiber laser drilling applications and metal electrodes in batteries
Engraving and marking – night and day marking, parts information and adding serial numbers – adding serial numbers to any part of an e-mobility vehicle, adding vehicle identification numbers
Welding – Bus bar welding, differential metal welding, lightweighting, and stator welding

Matt continued, “The above are just a few examples. The SPI fiber laser range can help in many ways and we recommend interested parties to contact us for specific advice of how we can be of help”.

To learn more about how fiber lasers will support the breakthrough of e-mobility, view the following link: https://www.spilasers.com/case-study-e-mobility/how-fiber-lasers-support-the-breakthrough-of-e-mobility.

If you would like to visit the e-mobility section of the SPI Lasers website, click https://www.spilasers.com/case-studies/e-mobility.

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Why Are Millennials Driving Less?

Research shows that it’s very clear that young people are driving less today than they did in the past, but what are the reasons why? This article explores just a few of the possibilities. 

Millennials love city life

City life can be busy and hectic, but it can also be vibrant and exciting. There’s always something to do- events, nightlife, restaurants and festivals. There are lots of job opportunities and it’s generally a very happening kind of environment to live in. And as a general rule if we look at trends, millennials tend to enjoy living in cities. This could be one explanation for them driving less. In cities the transportation networks tend to be excellent with trains, trams, buses and the tube running almost 24/7. Neighbourhoods tend to be walkable, and so getting around without a car is incredibly easy meaning owning one isn’t all that useful for lots of people in this group. 

Technology could be playing a role

The rise of ride services like Uber and Lyft could also be contributing to millennials driving less. These types of services are designed to be safe, all payments are handled online so there’s no cash needed and all cars are tracked for safety. Older generations can be a little resistant to changes in technology and that includes ordering transport like this through an app- but millennials are tech savvy. Even if public transport doesn’t go exactly where they need it to, they know they have a backup option in ride services. 

Millennials are eco conscious

As millennials, we’re inheriting the planet in a sorry state from the generations before us. Ozone damage, acid rain, the plastic epidemic and climate change are just a few of the issues caused by the decisions of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents before us. There’s a lot more understanding and education surrounding the planet these days, and as millennials we’re conscious of recycling, composting, utilising clean energy and generally reducing our carbon footprint. Many millennials choose not to drive as a way to reduce pollution.

It’s still worth driving

With all that being said, learning to drive is still a fantastic skill to have and if you’re a millennial that’s not passed their test then it’s worth learning. You might be offered a job further out one day or choose to move away. You might need to drive for any reason and having that skill there can always be utlised at any time later down the line. If you’re concerned about the environmental impact go with an electric model, even your everyday local used car garages like https://www.stephenjames.co.uk/used-cars have electric cars in stock these days.

Are you a millennial, and do you drive- or not? If not, what are your reasons for this?