Just like with any other piece of technology, there are multiple constant innovations that slowly make our world better. One of them is the implementation of EVs in our everyday routines via the use of which people save money and help protect the environment at the same time. But if they can do that now what can we expect from future electric cars?
Unless you go with a hybrid, your car's toxic emissions will not exist and thus you won't be taking a toll on the environment. Multiple motors, better efficiency, longer mile range, and many more characteristics are something we will soon get to see in the future electric cars that will be hitting the market over the next 5-10 years. Before we talk about them though, we'd like to take you back to the beginning.
About Electric Cars
The very first (rechargeable) electric car was announced by Tesla 10 years ago and went into production back in 2012. Just a year later, Model S managed to become the first ever non-gas automobile to reach the top rank of the new cars' sales making history. After that, various companies started making EVs ranging from some of the more approachable ones such as the Nissan Leaf and the Fiat 500e all the way up to luxurious models like the BMW i8, the Porche 918 Spyder, and many others. People believed that going electric was all about cost-efficiency because back then they weren't really aware of all the great capabilities an electric car offers.
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Pros & Cons of Going Electric
Nothing in life is perfect and in spite of their pristine features, EVs have some drawbacks as well. Next up we'll talk about both the pros and cons of going electric.
There are 5 basic advantages you'll get by owning an electric car. These are the environmental friendliness, the fuel-efficiency, maintenance costs, noise production, and the tax credit.
Friendly to the Environment
Electric cars feature electric motors meaning that there isn't any gas combustion process taking place inside the car which results in the absence of emissions production. This is why you won't find any exhaust pipes in such a car. Because they don't need one. Gas-powered cars contribute to the creation of what we commonly refer to as greenhouse gases. Moreover, exhaust fumes create holes in the ozone layer through which ultraviolet radiation can enter the atmosphere.
Fuel Efficiency and Maintenance Costs
The cost of gas is three times more than that of the electricity. Many people have started installing solar panels on their homes so that they can even charge their cars without having to spend a single penny. Oil changes, tire changes, as well as any other fuel-related flaws are fully eliminated meaning that the maintenance will be much less frequent and costly.
Noise Production and Tax Credit
The whole noise aspect originates from the car's engine which is processing the fuel so if you remove gas from the equation you get zero noise production. Combine that with how friendly an EV is to the environment and you can get a tax credit issued from the government. This however greatly depends on which country you reside as not all of them have approved this allowance.
We believe that most of the drawbacks will be eliminated with the coming of future electric cars but for the time being they play a big role in why people hesitate to get one when buying a new vehicle.
Charging Times and Charging Station Availability
The majority of the more affordable EVs come with a lower capacity battery or a limited power input. This results in charging times as big as 15-20 hours. Thankfully, most models require less than 8 hours to charge all the way with the exception of limited manufacturers providing a fast-charging feature. Talking about power, charging stations can't be found everywhere as only selected gas stations are allowed to install one. This is why you won't be meeting many electric cars in rural or secluded areas.
Probably the biggest reason people choose to go with a traditional gas-powered car. Because electric cars are based on a different technology, production costs are fairly big and will slowly decrease when future electric cars will start appearing.
Sure, there are models like the Chevy Bolt and Tesla's cars but the majority of other EVs feature a mile range of less than 150! This plays a big role in a person's life as long trips to secluded or rural areas can become impossible to complete due to the lacking of charging stations.
Last but not least, many people believe that the selection of electric cars is very limited but we beg to differ. Not even a decade has gone by since the concept of electrically powered cars turn into reality and even now most manufacturers have already produced at least one fully electric model. Mercedes alone will produce more than 10 fully electric cars over the next 4 years. We know the price can be high and even unreachable for some but please don't make excuses. The selection is already fairly big and diverse.
Exciting Things to Look Out For in Future Electric Cars
Moving on to the next segment of our post we'd like to emphasize on some of the most important features future electric cars will offer as well as the drawbacks that will slowly be eliminated.
Extreme and Affordable Mile Range
If you want to get an incredibly high mile range, you'll have to go with either the Chevy Bolt or one of Tesla's pricey models. Thankfully, this is about to change. Many manufacturers are already designing new cars that will easily be able to drive more than 200 miles on a full charge. In fact, especially Volkswagen has announced that its still-in-progress I.D. model will offer a mile range somewhere between 149-373 miles! Easy to say that these number clearly indicate that the car's range will be higher than 200. You may be wondering about the price though and this is why we are excited to let you know that this model will cost about the same as a VW Golf.
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New Kinds of Electrically Powered Vehicles
The pioneer of electric cars, Elon Musk, has announced that Tesla is currently working on a fully electric pickup truck. The company states that it will be able to release this unique car right after Model Y hits the market. But this is where things get interesting as General Motors announced their new creation, the Cruise AV. This will be a self-driving vehicle and will feature neither a wheel nor pedals. GM believes it will be able to release it over 2019 and its purpose will be to act as an autonomous hailing service. Imagine Uber but without the actual driver!
Tesla said that a new car they are designing will be able to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 1.9 seconds and have a maximum speed of 250mph. Not only that but it'll have a 620-mile range per charge. It goes without question that the price will be very high as the car's performance could easily compete with fuel-powered cars such as the latest Lamborghini and Ferrari models. No one is certain about the legitimacy of Elon Musk's future electric cars plans but in the case of this model, he stated that a premium version will be available. It will include a SpaceX upgrade package which will feature about 10 small rocket thrusters built into the car in order to improve braking, acceleration, handling, and performance in general.
The Age of Touchscreens
We know what you'll say, "all the new models have a touchscreen on the dashboard", and yes we agree with you but the Chinese company Byton has announced that their new car, the M-Byte will feature a 49-inch touchscreen that replaces the traditional dashboard. Plus, they added touchscreens on the back of the front seats and on the steering wheel. The car will provide onboard Wi-Fi and feature gesture controls.
The Innovations of The Nissan IDS
Future electric cars will be crazy! As if extreme performance, long range, and autonomous driving weren't enough, Nissan decided to go a step further by creating the IDS. The Japanese manufacturer hopes that their self-driving technology will be ready by the end of this decade while the model's release will most likely take place no later than 2025. Here is the innovation part. The steering wheel will fold into the actual dashboard as soon as the car goes into self-driving mode and will be replaced by a tablet enabling the driver to control a huge touchscreen located over the dashboard.
No one can know for sure how far the future electric cars will go on a single charge or whether they will feature small but real rocket thrusters. However, one thing is for certain and this is that the next decade is going to be an amazing time to live in especially for lovers of car and technology!