Electric Cars | When Will The Revolution Take Over The World?
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Electric Cars | When Will The Revolution Take Over The World?

byMichelle LaverJanuary 12, 2022

Electric cars are now ready to take over thanks to advances in battery technology and their inherent benefits: torque, handling and maintenance. But did you know that they are nothing new?

We are in the middle of the biggest revolution in motoring since Henry Ford’s first production line started turning back in 1913.

And it is likely to happen much more quickly than you imagine.

But electric cars are nothing new – they date back to 1832. Well before the first gasoline-powered car. The first car to go faster than a hundred kilometres per hour was in 1899. 

Henry Ford with his Model T. Getty Images

An electric one.

But then came the Model T, which at $650 was significantly cheaper than the comparable electric ones and as gas stations popped up around the country, they could be quickly refuelled allowing you to travel further and faster than charging electric ones – which in those days took a long time to charge. 

Oh, how times have changed. 

Don’t get me wrong, we still used electric cars but less so on earth. I mean in the vacuum of space they used an Apollo lunar roving electric vehicle to drive around. 

And astronauts didn’t have to worry about getting speeding tickets – that’s for sure. 

The vehicles used non-rechargeable silver-zinc potassium hydroxide batteries with a range of just 92km.

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Courtesy of Top Gear

This demonstrated the benefits of electric vehicles: they could run quietly with no emissions. But it also illustrated their limitations. Electric cars were expensive, short-range and impractical for everyday use.

So why are they the new future?

“We’ve seen a real shift in customer perception of electric vehicles, and our demand is the best we’ve ever seen” – Elon Musk.

A whole seven years after the I3, BMW brought out its second fully-electric production car in 2020. People can buy the IX3 all-electric sport utility vehicle for over $100,000. And this time it looks normal. In fact, according to the mighty Top Gear, it is normal.

And many more are following suit.

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Courtesy of Top Gear

Jaguar plans to sell only electric cars from 2025, Volvo from 2030 and last week the British sportscar company Lotus said it would follow suit, selling only electric models from 2028.

Even Formula One has brought out a Formula-E car which can now run a whole race on a single battery pack.

Many industry observers believe we have already passed the tipping point where sales of electric vehicles will very rapidly overwhelm petrol and diesel cars.

This is all because of our extensive research and developments within our battery technology.

Electric cars don’t have air intakes, pistons, cylinders or even an exhaust system. In short, they have no combustion-engine-style mechanical parts or gears and therefore by definition there’s no by-product of their operation that would generate a revving noise.

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Formula E Gen2 Evo race car. Motor Authority.

The sound of revving is like music to the ears of the common gearhead. On the flip side, electric cars are celebrated by many because of the lack of noise that emerges from them as they power up and depart.

So we could be waving goodbye to the natural roaring vroom-vroom sound we so love to hear. 

However, the BBC thinks that there is still a lot of work to be done before electric vehicles drive their petrol and diesel rivals off the road.

Most importantly, everyone needs to be able to charge their cars easily and cheaply whether or not they have a driveway at their home.

New York Times. Art By Nicholas Law

When it comes to climate change, the benefits are like no other. For example:

  • Charge your car at home
  • Use solar panels to give your car an extra kick
  • No CO2 emissions 
  • Plus as cars essentially become computers on wheels, let’s not forget about how the car industry is moving towards self-driving.

The future of cars is pretty clear to me. 

It will take a lot of work and investment but it could happen soon. 

Just as a vast network of petrol stations rapidly sprang up to fuel cars a century ago, so to will electric cars and who knows, maybe they might even start hovering?

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