Electric vehicles fall in that space where climate issues, consumer preferences and Congressional legislation converge. So, all things considered, the years ahead seem primed for the adoption of EV technology.
It's why automakers — and their suppliers — are working to meet the moment, bringing the latest and best technology to the public as quickly as possible.
Too quickly, some might say.
The rapid development of EV technology has left lingering questions about safety, particularly in relation to vehicle fires caused by thermal runaway of lithium-ion batteries.
But if there is anything that Carlo Fiorella knows it's EVs, speed and safety. He believes that — when it comes to the safety of EV technology — there's no need to fret, even as EV technology rollouts speed up.
Fiorella, global market manager of DuPont Automotive, has seen firsthand how DuPont Co. technology works to enhance the safety of some of the world's fastest electric vehicles — those on the Federation International de l'Automobile Formula E racetracks.
If DuPont materials can keep the fastest, most-demanding EVs safe from thermal runaway, Fiorella said, then DuPont materials can keep any EV safe. Because while the rollout of new automotive technology brings hurdles, like charging infrastructure and electrical grid upgrades, consumer concerns about battery fires shouldn't be among them.