June 2019 Editor’s Viewpoint: Smart Manufacturing Helps Advance Electric Vehicles

Smart Manufacturing Advances Electric Vehicles

The auto industry is going through a quiet renaissance of sorts. Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is higher than ever before. According to the Edison Electric Institute, EV policies helped the United States pass 1 million total sales in 2018. Sales are projected to represent more than half of all global, light-duty vehicles sales by 2040. One reason is the reduced cost of electric batteries — one third the cost of an EV.

Another reason is that automakers continue to announce a wider range of vehicles to drivers, as well as more and better options. These factors plus lower prices will certainly generate more consumer interest.

And then there’s social consciousness. Transportation is the country’s largest source of emissions, according to Forbes, and EVs are a key technology to decarbonize this sector and help address climate change concerns. Driving on electricity emits 54% fewer CO2 emissions per mile than the average new gasoline car, based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) national electricity generation data. This appeals to drivers looking to help the environment.

This rise of electric vehicles is creating an urgency and incentive for automotive firms to build a Connected Enterprise — to automate systems now to keep up with demand, expand their business and reach a key part of the Industry 4.0 (smart manufacturing) strategy. The entire enterprise needs to be connected. You’ll learn more about it in this issue of The Journal. Until next time….

Theresa Houck

Executive Editor

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