It is fair to say that many car fans are a little unnerved by the subject of electric cars. There is barely a month that goes by when we don’t hear of a news report on the topic, a new introduction or a further improvement in the electric car sector.
However, with the level of progress made in recent years, some people are beginning to worry that the electric car is about ready to entirely replace its traditional petrol and diesel internal combustion engine counterparts.
Working in this industry extensively, you get a more precise sense of the overall picture and the progress of electrical cars. Although we have come quite far regarding their introduction into the heavily saturated automotive market, there is still a very long way to go.
The reality of the electric car taking over just yet is therefore somewhat different to the media hype surrounding the possibility.
The Car Industry is Forever Changing
There is no denying that the car industry itself is undergoing some significant changes and shake ups. This involves the possibilities of more and more car manufacturers jumping onboard the electrical car wagon and parting with their plans to add an electrical prototype to their range in the next few years.
Volkswagen and Daimler are just two of the major players to recently announce plans to add electrified versions of their cars in the coming years. They join those who have already confirmed such a decision including that of Volvo, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover, bringing the total of car companies pledging their alliance to a very impressive total.
All the automotive experts agree on one thing; that these plans, however well-intentioned they may be, are still ambitious plans nevertheless, and all come with their limitations as a result. It also again doesn’t mark the end of diesel or petrol cars, with each company stating they will not be eliminating these in their entirety.
What the Term Electrified Really Means
It is worth noting here that electrified doesn’t just refer to those fully electric battery powered of vehicles. This term is also used in the industry to describe hybrid vehicles – and these can come in a variety of different forms.
The hybrid most commonly known and referred to is that of the plug-in hybrid, which is merely an electric car which also has a small petrol engine on board to act as a generator. There are however two more types of hybrid known as the full hybrid and the mild hybrid.
A full hybrid, or often called the stronger of hybrids, is all about power, and possesses a powerful electric motor, as well as a conventional engine. However, it does not require it to be plugged in to recharge.
The mild hybrid is what is referred to as a conventional car and contains an electric motor, which will shut off at traffic lights or when the vehicle temporarily stops.
The Driving Force Behind Future Electric Vehicles
Perhaps the man to thank for the introduction of so many more car manufacturers looking at improving their range of electric cars, is Elon Musk. Since he launched the Tesla Model S back in 2012, there is no doubt that many skeptics have been proved wrong as they watched it outperform their petrol equivalents!
Thought the price tag is on the hefty side, no one in the industry can deny the potential of this vehicle type along with the subsequent rising of the stakes. With its more than adequate and decent battery range it may be no coincidence that since Tesla’s launch, battery management technology has begun to improve, alongside a noticeable decrease in the prices of lithium-ion batteries!
Factor in the ongoing legislation that many countries are keen to see installed in place all around the world concerning antipollution, and predetermined limits are already in place for carbon dioxide emissions, with the date as early as 2021 in Europe alone.
It is worth keeping an eye on this area if you are interested in the progress of the implementation of electric cars into the automotive industry. It may not affect most of us for some years to come just yet, but it is undoubtedly a compelling sector of the car industry that deserves much more credit than what it currently receives.