Do I need to switch to an electric vehicle?
We live in a time where we’re aware of the damage that is happening to the environment. We’re in limbo, trying to figure out how we can adapt our lifestyles and save our planet. Part of this includes the talk of switching over to electric vehicles but it’s not as easy as it sounds. There’s a lot that car manufacturers have to do if they want to get ready for the diesel and petrol vehicle ban from 2040. Admittedly, they have time on their side as there are still over two decades before that happens and technology is evolving more quickly than ever. However, there are still a number of challenges to overcome before we switch over to electric vehicles forever.
Electric versions of current vehicles
Companies including Volvo, Honda, Land Rover, Mercedes, and Volkswagen have all made pledges to make electrified versions of their current vehicles in the coming years. However, these bold and ambitious ideas are going to be met with some limitations. It’s important to remember that they’re not saying that they will be getting rid of diesel and petrol vehicles completely. They’re simply looking for ways they can make electronic versions of the vehicles they have. Another thing that’s deceiving about the electric cars of the future is whether they’re actually fully electrical or not…
You’d assume that these car companies are trying to create fully electric battery-powered vehicles. But the term ‘electric’ can also be used to describe hybrid vehicles that come in many different kinds of models. For example, a plug-in hybrid vehicle has a larger battery capacity and can run solely on electric power for a certain length of time – but it also has a petrol engine built into it. A specific plug-in hybrid is a range-extended EV, which is an electric car that has the added feature of a small petrol engine that is used an onboard generator.
Full and mild hybrid vehicles
Another example includes a full hybrid that uses a powerful electric motor with a conventional engine that doesn’t require charging. There are also mild hybrids which are just like any other car – they have small electric motors that allow the engine to turn off momentarily when the vehicle stops, for example, during traffic. It can also be used as a source of acceleration and power So, if vehicle manufacturers want to keep to their word they could create mild hybrid vehicles. They’re cheaper to produce than full hybrids and can offer more benefits, for example, better performance and fuel consumption. Many vehicles are already being built like this. This will have some positive impact on fighting against air pollution and taking diesel vehicles off the road. So, are mild hybrids the cars of the future? Maybe for the short term but it’s still not enough to completely stop air pollution. Although it’s evident that new electric models of vehicles are being made – they’re expensive and still have a long way to go before they become your next family car. However, with the rapid development of technology, the electric vehicles of the future may be nearer than you think.