While many drivers, especially those who drive electric vehicles, are asking when EVs will take over the world, industry experts and manufacturers still have many challenges they need to focus on to make that a possibility. Yes, electric vehicles are cheaper to maintain with fewer moving parts than gas powered vehicles, they still don’t have the range their gas powered counterparts have and charging times are not short enough yet for most consumers.
Electric Vehicle Range
Currently, electric vehicles have a range of between 100 and 200 miles on a single battery charge. Experts agree that these figures need to top 700 miles before more consumers are ready to become EV owners. This number is possible and could happen within the next 5 years or so here in the UK.
Electric Vehicle Batteries
Besides longer range, what else does the future hold for the electric vehicle? Battery manufacturers are creating solutions which will improve the current EV battery making it cheaper, lighter, faster charging and less toxic. By creating more efficient EV batteries, we can increase the range of today’s EVs and make charging them as easy as filling up your car with petrol.
Electric Vehicle Battery Charging Time
It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours or more to fully charge an electric vehicle battery. Consumers want this number decreased to around 15 minutes or less and that is the goal battery and electric vehicle charging station manufacturers are focusing on reaching. With next-generation fast chargers, wireless charging pads and under-road wireless charging systems being designed and manufactured, we might be able to charge our EVs in around 15 minutes in just a couple of years.
Cleaner Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles have been mistakenly called clean vehicles as many people don’t understand where they get the electricity they need to drive. While most of today’s electricity comes from coal, hydroelectric plants or nuclear energy plants, solar and wind power are becoming a popular “clean” choice. The cleaner the energy EVs use, the better they will be for the environment.
Electric vehicle experts say that by 2040, there will be more than 500 million EVs on the road. This is around 50% of the vehicles that will be on the roads and it can save a considerable amount of fuel every day.
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