EVs are on the move!
It is getting easier by the day to dismiss the notion that electric vehicles will only be a marginal percentage of US vehicles in the future. This is due in no small part to the fact that the US consumer is fed up with the oil industry.
I realize that US driving habits will be hard to change but consumers will adopt electric vehicles eventually. One of the biggest challenges is range. How far can you travel in an EV before having to plug in?
Range issues are being solved as we speak. And with that electric vehicles solve a multitude of problems that are inherent in conventional vehicles. EVs are energy efficient and cost less to maintain. And they will cost even less when mass produced.
Battery research has resulted in a doubling of energy capacity every two years. That’s been the case for many familiar technologies that are now prevalent. There are new technologies on the horizon too, such as Lithium-Thionyl Chloride and Lithium Air that are months away from being available. With the incorporation of new and better batteries, the range of EVs will increase to a point where consumers will feel comfortable and the EV market EVs will take off.
Here are signs that the market is moving fast:
One of China's major privately owned automakers, Great Wall Motors, has formed a partnership with American CODA Automotive to develop electric vehicles. The two automakers have entered into an agreement to jointly design and build an economy-class electric car that will be aimed at Chinese, US and European markets.
Spanish wind power manufacturer Gamesa and Japanese carmaker Toyota will start working together to boost the use of electric cars in urban Spain. Under an agreement Gamesa and Toyota will join forces to roll out electric cars in Spain.
American shoppers will soon find two versions of the popular Ford Focus sedan sitting side-by-side when they visit the dealership — one with a gas tank and another with batteries. In a landmark move for the auto industry, an automaker will give consumers an option to purchase the same model of a vehicle with either a traditional combustion engine or one powered only by electricity. It will mark the first time buyers can compare the different powertrains on the same car.