What is the future of electric vehicles? It seems like every week there is a new electric vehicle company coming out with an all new product. With so many different electric vehicles on the market how can we tell which one is the right one for you? There are several factors to consider when deciding which electric vehicle is right for you.
The first thing that you should ask yourself is what type of lifestyle do you live? Do you live in an area that has extreme weather conditions? If so, purchasing an all-electric vehicle would be a terrible decision. Areas that have severe winters have very cold temperatures and ice and snow constantly on the roads. Not only would it be a bad decision to purchase an electric vehicle today, but your electric vehicles would probably not last long due to these harsh conditions. The battery packs need to be able to withstand extremely cold temperatures and the vehicles overall life would be shortened.
Future Of Electric Cars
Another factor to consider is where will you be using your electric cars? The future of electric cars will be based largely around charging points. How many places will you be charging your vehicle? Some people choose to charge their vehicles at home while others prefer to charge them at a nearby hotel or business. The charging points will determine how many times you can charge your vehicle and it’s range. Many electric cars will be restricted to certain distances and/or will need to be plugged in for long periods of time.
How about fuel economy? How will you be using your electric car? Most vehicles today are limited to providing enough fuel to get from Point A to Point B. Even if you could charge your vehicle at a refueling station every time you travel you would be wasting fuel since electric vehicles don’t have the same acceleration as gas powered vehicles.
Energy Storage For Automobiles
Most automobile manufacturers are currently focused on making vehicles that can travel long distances without recharging. This could limit the applications for electric vehicles in some instances. Future vehicle architectures may not allow for recharging completely. It’s important to watch what the automakers are doing with battery technology because most people believe the long term outlook for batteries is very negative.
Is there enough room for energy storage in future vehicle architectures? Yes, there is but future batteries will not be the norm. At some point in the future, you will most likely have to buy a secondary battery to power your car. Energy storage will most likely be very low profile and only required for short trips. It will be very expensive to use but may be necessary for commuting.
Future Technologies For Future
What about future technologies for electrification charging? One emerging technology includes a so called “fast charger”. This device uses magnetic power to quickly charge a battery. It may be very efficient when used with fast charging batteries like those for electric cars.
It’s important for consumers to pay close attention to what the auto manufacturers are saying about electrification and why they think it is a critical part of future vehicle architectures. Many of the rumors coming from the auto manufacturers are simply rumors. The auto manufacturers see the future of electric vehicles as an opportunity to re-invigorate the brand and add value. For now, they can afford to be less forthcoming about electrification.
Will there be better battery chemistry options? In my opinion the answer is “maybe”. It makes sense for them to develop advanced battery technologies that allow more current to flow into a vehicle’s electrical system. That may eventually lead to more flexibility in charging and discharge times. There is a lot of research being done on developing better battery technology for electric vehicles.
Will we have better solutions for charging and discharging the batteries when the vehicles come back into production? Again, the answer is “maybe”. It makes sense for them to make improvements to their current systems. The other possibility is to develop a modularity approach to energy storage and power distribution. The advantage of such a strategy is that it would allow for the incorporation of new battery technologies without having to completely replace or remodel the existing vehicle architecture. There is also a chance that we may eventually develop a completely open architecture for power and energy storage development.
Will we see the introduction of totally open platform technologies that allow vehicles to switch between different technologies and energy sources with minimal programming assistance from the drivers? It certainly seems like a possibility. Will future electrification vehicles use lithium-ion batteries or other more advanced battery technologies? I wouldn’t rule it out, but it isn’t anything likely to happen anytime soon. I expect that the auto manufacturers will continue to pursue their own proprietary technologies to improve the performance, efficiency and longevity of their vehicles.