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#SustainabilitySpotlight Talks: Charging Ahead, Shifting to Electric Mobility

Sustainability Spotlight Talks with Iulia Commandar

As our planet faces pressing environmental challenges, the transportation sector plays a pivotal role in shaping a sustainable future. The transition from traditional fossil fuel-powered vehicles to electric mobility is no longer a distant vision – it’s a necessity. Electric vehicles (EVs) offer cleaner, quieter, and more efficient transportation options, but their widespread adoption hinges on robust infrastructure. To learn how Electric Vehicle Charging Services support the shift to electric mobility worldwide, we spoke with Iulia Comandar, Vice President of Electric Vehicle Charging Services at Yunex Traffic.  

#SustainabilitySpotlight Talk with Iulia Comandar

Hi Iulia, thank you for taking the time to talk to us.

Hi there, thank you so much for having me!  

Before we start tell us a little more about yourself and your journey at Yunex traffic?

Sure! I joined Yunex Traffic in 2019 as the Chief Strategy Officer  – a thrilling role at exciting times! In the years that followed, my focus was on shaping Yunex Traffic’ path in becoming an independent company. It was an honor to experience first-hand and actively shape this unique transformation. It was quite busy at times, yet always fun – great teamwork and the ‘Yunex spirit’! We defined our company’s long-term strategy and set a path towards sustainable growth and I’m so proud of what the team has achieved. 

Now I’m thrilled to drive forward another crucial area of our business: Electric Vehicle Charging Services. This business of Yunex Traffic holds special significance for me as it aligns with our mission of promoting greener mobility through innovative service offerings worldwide.

Wow, that sounds exciting! Can you tell us more about the role of electric vehicles as a component in advancing greener mobility?

Yes, of course! Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a vital component to reduce greenhouse gas emissions amongst other measurements to improve our global mobility, starting today.

Fossil fuels, constituting around 80% of global energy, contribute significantly to climate change. In large parts, motorized transport remains dependent on engines that generally run on fossil fuel. That results in the transportation sector being still one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately 25 percent of global CO2 emissions can be attributed to the transportation sector, with road travel accounting for three-quarters of these emissions. Most of these emissions come from passenger vehicles such as cars and buses.

Despite the awareness of the significant impact on emissions, the car remains the most popular mode of individual transportation worldwide. In 2020, for example, more than a third of UK drivers stated in a RAC survey, that they feel more dependent on using their car than 12 months ago. The findings of the UK are a reminder of the reality for many people, especially those who live outside the big cities – that for good or bad, millions of people remain enormously dependent on their cars for many types of journeys.

While it is evident that cars remain essential for people living in rural areas with a lack of public transportation options, the choice to commute by car in metropolitan areas is more multifaceted. Factors such as car ownership, unreliable public transportation, and lengthy commutes uphold the preference for cars, while urban density, fuel costs, and congestion counterbalance the argument for this mode of transport.

In driving transformative change, it’s crucial to rethink mobility holistically. Improving public transportation, reducing emissions with intelligent mobility management, and supporting greener transportation modes like cycling are essential. Yet, equally vital is advancing the transition to alternative energy sources for individual vehicles.

How can cities support the shift to electric vehicle usage?

First, it is important to start with the end-user´s perspective. Currently, the widespread adoption of EVs faces two major challenges: ‘range anxiety’ and ‘infrastructure availability anxiety.’ The key to addressing this lies not just in expanding charging infrastructure but ensuring it is reliable, available, and accessible for the end users.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. A study conducted in early 2022 in the San Francisco Bay area found that over a quarter of nearly 700 public charging stations were non-functional during testing, with no improvement upon re-testing a week later.

To accomplish a higher reliability, Charge Point Operators, Landowners, OEMs (Equipment Manufacturers), and Fleet Operators require trusted service partners to assist them in providing a reliable EV charging infrastructure to the cities. And this is precisely where Yunex Traffic comes into play: We ensure that end-users can depend on an accessible, user-friendly, and reliable EV charging infrastructure. Through this commitment, we propel the shift towards cleaner energy usage in transportation, contributing to a more sustainable future.

Why is Yunex Traffic the ideal EV Charging Services Partner from your point of view?

Why do I believe Yunex Traffic is the optimal partner for EV Charging Services? Well, it’s all about our incredible #TeamYunexTraffic. We’re not just a team; we’re a force dedicated to every stage of EV charging infrastructure evolution, from concept to operation. Our global presence ensures consistent standards worldwide, backed by a long experience in the traffic industry. We offer end-to-end support, including rapid response and  proactive maintenance. Flexibility is our hallmark; we tailor solutions to the specific needs of our customers, drawing from our extensive global experience. Our engineers are trained on cutting-edge technology, and we hold major ISO certifications. With us, our customers can charge ahead confidently, knowing they have the precise support needed for their electrification journey, no matter where they are.

What does the future of EVCI look like to you?

One word: Growth! Globally, it is estimated that the EVCI market will grow by 31% each year reaching 140 billion USD by 2030.

I strongly believe that in the near future, we’ll witness a surge in partnerships within the EV industry. Charger manufacturers and operators are actively seeking collaborations with service providers boasting extensive nationwide or global coverage. This strategic shift aims to streamline operations, moving away from multiple interfaces towards a select few trusted partners, ultimately enhancing efficiency.

I believe that it will be important to work with trusted partners offering comprehensive end-to-end services for the entire EV charging infrastructure ecosystem on a global scale. Ideally, they should be able to support from the initial consultancy and design to installation, servicing, and decommissioning of EV charging points. Our team at Yunex Traffic is dedicated to end-to-end services.

Encouragingly, we’re already witnessing significant momentum both within the political sphere and the market, indicating a positive trend towards the expansion of charging infrastructure. With this momentum, I’m confident we’ll see a widespread adoption of electrified mobility on a global scale.”

Thank you so much for sharing this great overview with us!

Most welcome!