Autonomous features in EVs ‘can save up to $1,800′

Autonomous features in electric vehicles (EV) could help save up to $1,800 (£1,152) in battery costs. That’s according to research which stated some of those technologies include self-parking or wireless charging. They […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Autonomous features in electric vehicles (EV) could help save up to $1,800 (£1,152) in battery costs.

That’s according to research which stated some of those technologies include self-parking or wireless charging.

They could also make EVs more affordable and boost efficiency by around 10%, the report added.

An additional $2.5 billion (£1.6bn) market for batteries could be created by 2030 as “these features require extra batteries for safety and redundancy”, Lux Research stated.

Self-parking EVs are scheduled to be launched next year by Tesla and BMW while wireless charging is expected “to come soon”, it added.

Maryanna Saenko, Lux Research Analyst and lead author of the report said: “Many buyers of electric cars, such as those who buy the expensive Tesla Model S, are willing adopters of more autonomous driving technology.

“But as these autonomous features help improve the driving efficiency of plug-in vehicles and boost charging efficiency with self-parking capabilities, they will help to bring electric vehicles to a wider audience as well.”