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Are Electric Cars The Future?

18 October 2022 | 3 Min Read

The History Of Electric Cars

While the development of electric cars is clearly at the forefront of manufacturers' plans, with each releasing new electric variants yearly, the electric car industry has been ticking along in the background for decades.

 

Looking back through the history books, we can see that the electric car has been around since the 19th century, with its inception around the same time as the traditional internal combustion engine. In 1890, William Morrison created the first electric motor vehicle, which inevitably sparked the seed of interest for an electric future.

 

You would be forgiven for thinking that electric cars are only a thing of recent technological developments and interest. The truth, however, is that throughout history we've tried to integrate electric vehicles into society several times. At large, these attempts failed to take off. 

Did you know?

In 1897, electric cabs were introduced in both New York and London. Take a look at the first London Electrical cab:

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The Modern Electric Car

The modern electric car is something quite alien compared to the primitive, yet still impressive (for their time), counterparts mentioned above. The technology behind electric engines has advanced hugely in recent years, so much so that the fastest road-going car is now electric. The modern electric engine can offer extreme performance and massive amounts of torque to boot. 

 

Where electric cars in the past have failed to offer the experience of the traditional combustion engine, today, electric cars are much easier to compare to their successful sibling rivals. 

 

 

Let's take a look at some of the key talking points:

 

Performance:

Electric cars can offer performance that surpasses even that of the best combustion engines, with companies like Tesla offering sports models. In general, electric engines offer a much peppy personality.

 

Style:

Electric cars come in a range of different styles these days, some offer more futuristic looks and others mimic the looks of cars from the past 20 years with only the lack of engine noise to set them apart. Either way, most people will be able to find something that suits them.

 

Features:

Often, electric cars come fitted with features that improve quality of life and ease of use… and we're not just talking about self-driving cars. Interiors fitted with arrays of screens for entertainment, bigger boot space (and frunks), better safety/security features… the list goes on.

 

Range:

Getting better each year, depending on your use case and budget, there is a model for you. In general, you would be looking at a range between 150 -300 miles with some models in the 400+ territory. This may seem a little low, and for some, that definitely can be the case. Ask yourself how often you really go on long-distance trips, on average, most people only drive about 20 miles per day.

 

Running Costs:

Electric cars tend to offer much cheaper running costs.

 

Maintenance:

In general electric cars should be maintained as frequently as any other car, though with fewer moving parts the likelihood of wearing out parts is reduced.

 

 


Cars powered by Solar are a thing!

Yup, you read the right, and we think it's pretty cool! Some companies such as Lightyear have started to produce road-going cars that harness the power of the sun for energy production.

Where do Hydrogen cars come in?

Looking at the evidence, we believe that Hydrogen cars offer huge benefits over other engine types, including electric. We hope that the future has a place reserved for hydrogen-powered vehicles. They produce zero running emissions and are more efficient compared to combustion engines. At present, the infrastructure is simply not there. With few hydrogen pumps available, and high fuel prices, the current situation is not ideal.

 

The main issue to tackle is the cost of hydrogen production. Currently, the process is energy intensive and relies heavily on fossil fuels. 

 

So, Are Electric Cars the Future?

Looking at the evidence, the time and money that has gone into creating an electrified motoring future, along with the efforts of governments from around the world, it's clear that we're headed in one direction.... electric!

 

As infrastructure continues to improve, prices continue to drop, and companies like Tesla continue to push boundaries, we see no reason for the industry to slow down.  The main issue we face as a society is figuring out how to create clean energy, the best hope we have for this at the moment is the advancements in fusion energy. 

 

In recent years, the developments associated with fusion energy have improved, and we are now starting to see some promising results.

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