IBM is partnering with various carmakers for EVs

Top 10 Things You Might Not Know about Electric Vehicles

I met with Kal Gyimesi, Automotive Leader at IBM's Institute for Business Value, Automotive Leader at IBM's Institute for Business Value to better understand how IBM is using its resource for the automotive industry as it makes its way forward, especially when it comes to the electric drive.

Today IBM announced a pilot project that will identify the possibilities of connecting two neighboring metropolitan areas – Bratislava, Slovakia, and Vienna, Austria, with a “green” highway. This highway will interconnect the two cities with a network of public charging stations for electric vehicles. The company also announced another project with Honda Motors and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) that will allow communication between EVs and the power grid. For the first time, an EV will receive a location-based charge schedule that is based on current grid conditions – all in a matter of seconds.

Electric car sales may be off to a slow start, but car manufacturers around the world are plowing ahead with billion-dollar investments. Their bet? The
plug-in is the tortoise to the combustion engine hare and will emerge a winner in the end.

That’s why 80 different models of plug-ins from car makers including Ford, Mitsubishi, BMW, Honda, Chevrolet, and Toyota will be available worldwide
within the next couple years, according to researcher Pike Research. According to a survey of more than 125 automobile industry executives by the IBM Institute of Business Value for its “Shift to Electric Vehicles” report, almost half believe that annual sales of conventional gas and diesel vehicles will have begun to decline by as soon as 2020.

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