Sooner or later, we will reach the point where internal combustion engines are no longer installed in vehicles and while that day might be a long way off, there are some business sectors that are already making the best use of electric vehicles, or EVs, as they are commonly known.
Here are a few examples of industries that currently use EVs.
- Golf Courses & Country Clubs – The nimble golf carts we ride around on when on the golf links are powered electrically and the players much prefer to ride in the cart than to walk the entire 18 holes. Even resorts that cover a large area will use a fleet of EVs to shuttle guests to various areas of the resort, which saves time and energy. Elderly players would have a problem playing a full round of golf without the aid of their golf cart, which is one reason that golf clubs keep a fleet of EVs.
- Airports – EVs are used at airports to shuttle passengers, crew and luggage to aircraft gates and in a very large airport, it is necessary to ferry passengers quickly to their waiting flight. Passengers with mobility issues are taken to their gate via an electric vehicle, while ground crew are taken to remote areas of the airport using such vehicles. The benefits of using EVs include cheaper running costs, never having to refuel, as the EV is charged when not in use. The EV doesn’t require much maintenance and is less likely to develop issues, making it a more reliable option. Check out the range of EVs available at ugocorp.com, a leading Thai manufacturer of quality electric vehicles for a range of purposes. Their impressive fleet of EVs are tailored to suit the business sector and these are cheap vehicles to run.
- Shipping Ports – It is a long way for people to travel from the passenger terminal to the cruise ship and many ports manage a large fleet of EVs, which are silent and cheap to run. The captain often has to report to the main port offices, while pilots are taken to ships to guide them out of the shallow port waters and into the open ocean.
- Hospitals – A large hospital might have car parking for several thousand cars and on a busy day, the visitor would have to walk a long way from their car to the main buildings, which is why EVs are located in several locations, waiting for visitors to be shuttled to their destination. If you are looking to upgrade the sound system in your car, here are a few tips.
- Real Estate Developments – Large housing developments use EVs to take potential clients to view houses, as they are easy to drive, can carry up to 12 people and if the unit is charged when not in use, it is always reliable. The vehicles have very comfortable seating and are of open design, while anyone can drive them as they have no gears. There would be several locations where passengers can gather and the shuttle service would be regular, ensuring that no one waits for long.
- Grounds Maintenance – It is normal that the contractors who manage grounds would use EVs, which are designed to carry small trees, shrubs or any other materials, such as fence posts and, of course, tools. Lithium-iron batteries have enjoyed advancement over the past few years, allowing the vehicle to travel further distances between charges and as the vehicle is always ready for use, it is very convenient. These workhorses can tow trailers, making the gardener’s work much easier and you simply charge the vehicle at nights and it is always ready to go to work.
- Park Rangers – In some National Parks, the rangers use EVs to get around the park and many have ageing quad bikes and are planning to replace these with EVs. The rangers use the vehicles to inspect fencing and to find livestock, which is much easier with a silent approach. This is the type of environment for research and development with EVs and developers often request that park rangers use their products. Thailand cares very much about the 157 National Parks in the country and EVs will provide effective transport for park staff and rangers.
Electric vehicles are evolving continuously, striving to meet the needs of many industries and we are already seeing EVs entering the production car showrooms; for information about the Thai government’s commitment to EVs, click here.
With Zero Emission policies the world over, we are gradually saying goodbye to the internal combustion engine and the emergence of EVs is a sign of the cleaner world we will leave to our children and their children.