Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are taking off in Europe but barriers still remain. In addition to high showroom prices and undeveloped charging networks, many consumers hesitate because of EV’s limited driving range.
This may soon change thanks to improved batteries and a range of new component technologies, including smarter glass. Tests show that smarter glass can add around 5% to EV range. AGC’s tints when activated and cuts out the sun’s infra-red rays. This enables the driver to control the amount of heat inside their car. Reducing the use of air-conditioning takes a heavy load off the batteries, adding kilometres to the driving range. As an added benefit, smarter glass also reduces surrounding road noise, for extra comfort on the journey.