2017

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The car above is, despite the awful American design, symptomatic of what is to come. It offers a decent range, is well priced and could do an awful lot for electric vehicles.

At some point it feels inevitable that electric cars will take over. Yes, we have the passion for real cars, but cars are not like mechanical watches and holding on to the past will be an expensive hobby that makes little sense.

You need 4 wheels, power and the ability to control a car (until self-driving models arrive) and the need for an engine and fossil fuel will make no sense in the shortest of times.

We are in 2017 and we believe that we are at the cutting edge. We marvel at the internet, phones, tablets and automated homes, but we are nowhere.

I suspect that within a decade electric cars will be at least 50% of the vehicles on the road. We will be controlling almost everything in the home by voice and charging devices will feel archaic.

We look back all of the time and pat ourselves on the back. Just maybe we need to look forward and realise that 99% of what will change the way we live is just around the corner.

6 thoughts on “2017

  1. Range is my only concern. Which could be resolved by 400+ mile capacities, and/or all garages supporting charging etc. Second these are resolved, I’d switch, simply for the environmental reasons.

  2. The weird thing is that politics will have to change to fit new paradigm, and that is going to surprise a lot of people.

  3. Range, price, and “fil up” time. I’m not overly concerned about a range of 300km or so, but that in conjunction with long recharge times makes long trips a problem. And long trips aren’t unusual in Canada. Then there’s the price. Until they’re priced like non-electric cars, there’s a big barrier, government incentives notwithstanding. And the cost of electricity may be an issue as well although at the moment, in Canada, it looks like the annual costs are between a half and two thirds of what gas costs. On that note, unless the electricity is created using an environmentally-friendly method, it’s simply a trade off, not a gain.

  4. I took a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on a leasing scheme to dip my toes in the electric car experience. It’s a hybrid so there’s the petrol engine to take over when the battery goes flat. The battery only has a range of 25 to 30 miles.
    My experience tells me a couple of things. First, you have to match the range to your lifestyle. I’m lucky to work within 10 miles of my home, so most days I can commute or do a bit of shopping in town and not have to use the petrol engine. It’s a bit like a laptop….you need to able to do a day’s work without recharging.
    Second, you need a 16A charger at home to charge over night.
    Third, I like the hybrid – it both takes away the range anxiety and boy, does the car go like the clappers when both the petrol engine and electric motors engage.
    Fourth, charging needs to be easier. Some charging stations have captive cables (like a petrol station) but others require you to use your own cable. Faffing around in the rain is no fun. Captive cables are the way to go with a fast charger.
    Fifth, some public charging stations have stupid tariffs. One costs “per charge”, which is great if you have car with a decent range as you get 150 miles for £5. I get 25 miles for £5 which is a ripoff. Standardised pricing per kWh is needed.
    Finally, I’m convinced enough that when I need to replace the second “school run” car, I’m going to buy a fully electric car, probably a secondhand Leaf.

  5. I’d have thought something needs to be done in terms of battery longevity before too many people will buy an electric car. I’d certainly be nervous if such a key component had a very limited life, and would be expensive to replace.

    1. I agree. However, cam belts and other parts have to be replaced at great expense currently (limited life) and then there are all of the other engine parts that need maintenance and fixing from time to time. Potentially, they could reach a point where the wheels (tyres) and battery are all that need maintaining or replacing.

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