Electric Cars Are Our Future

electriccarElectric cars are powered by electric motors that run on battery packs. In most cases, the batteries are rechargeable and can be recharged through standard power outlets. When it comes to overall energy efficiency, the electric car beats out conventional engines as electric cars can reach energy efficiency up to 80% compared to 20-25% from conventional engines.  The electric car’s engine provides linear power and upon pressing the acceleration you can experience a gush of torque that is instantaneous and provides the car with a smooth rate of acceleration with zero delay.

Electric cars became commercially available when the market saw a decline in the gasoline supply and when the demand grew for an alternative form of transportation to combat the energy crisis. For a while though, the market was having success with cars that didn’t use as much gasoline and so internal combustion engine overshadowed the electric cars.  Now, with our environment being broken down into bits and pieces and fossil fuel deposits fast depleting, there is an obvious need for an alternative so electric cars are again being revived. The governments of most countries are unanimous in this decision and subsidies are being provided to people who buy and use electric cars.

Electric cars have several benefits over conventional internal combustion engines. They are almost three times as efficient, provide instantaneous power to the wheels, are quiet and therefore doesn’t cause sound pollution.  They don’t burn any fuel so there is no carbon footprint.  They run on renewable sources of energy therefore they don’t threaten to deplete the planet’s limited reserves.

Nothing is absolutely perfect so there are a couple of drawbacks to electric cars as well.  The battery packs and replacing them can be quite expensive. Another drawback is that they have limited range. Electric cars can’t go into a fuel station to get refills and then keep on going. They need to find an electric supply and charge for a considerable amount of time to recharge it’s batteries and run again. This can be seen as an inconvenience because it’s not always easy to find power outlets and the recharging can also take a considerable amount of time. But many companies have found solutions for these problems which, though don’t solve the problems completely, provide solutions which are functional until further research and development provides a foolproof solution.

Today, as we look at the present automobile scenario, we find that all the automotive giants around the world have realized the situation and after proper analysis of their target market have started to provide products according to what their customers want. Though these products vary a lot in comparison to their rivals, there is one inherent property that applies to all. They all use electricity and are targeting increased efficiency at a lower cost and minimal harm to the environment. You can find almost fifty different models of electric cars created by a bevy of companies that are being offered to suit the varying needs of different customers. Companies like Tesla and Nissan have plans to increase their electric car customer base to millions within the next couple of years and other companies are catching up fast.

Electric cars were initially planned to be daily city commuters. Unable to accelerate at great speeds and designed only for commuting a few blocks and taking you to work and the supermarket was something these cars were tailored for.  The cars did their job efficiently, but most people didn’t like the idea of buying another vehicle for long drives and long distance journeys. Therefore, engineering did its job and now we have high speed cars with high capacity power packs providing enough juice to drive hundreds of miles.

Where Are The Cars Going?

modeltSince the evolution of man from an ape to what he is today, man has discovered and done many things that has guaranteed his position at the top of the food chain.  However, these weren’t “all of a sudden” events and every discovery he made, no matter how small or how big, had significant impacts on his lifestyle. Two of the most important discoveries made by man that arguably changed the course of history were definitely the invention of wheels and figuring out how to light a fire.  From those, several other inventions were born.

Back in the day, man figured out that humans were able to manipulate animals and structures to get a desired result so they utilized the physical properties of the wheel along with other animals. The two were put together and humans ended up creating carriages drawn by horses and other domesticated animals. This was profound because these carriages gave humans the ability to travel longer distances faster.  After that, around the later part of the 19th century, man improved on the carriage and put fire and the wheel together.

From this, a new era arose.  An era where carriages weren’t carried by animals anymore but powered by internal combustion engines. And because of that combustion engine, cars as we know them today, have come a long way.  There have been some engineering feats that match Michelangelo’s artistic performance on the roof of Vatican in terms of ingenious.  We have been awed by the power of cars and mesmerized by their beauty.

With that said, it seems as if we are headed in another direction.  Internal combustion, since its conception, has carried us across many countries for millions and millions of miles but our curious minds won’t let us stop there.  Our future is in electric cars and we have already started our journey down that path.  Electric cars will definitely revolutionize personal transportation as we know it.

In fact, the journey had begun much earlier. With the development of the first modern cars.  Engineers were looking for the best possible way to power them.  Several methods were tested and electricity was taken into consideration too. The bulky storage requirements for batteries at the time made it difficult to consider.  There were also technical handicaps that failed to guarantee a sustainable power supply at that time so gasoline engines won by default.

People came to peace with that, and the multi billion dollar oil industry and the tycoons who rule it were happy. But with time people grew more conscious about the negative aspects of burning fossil fuels and though they are still the majority by a huge margin, people are changing their views on them and looking forward to something new.

They want something more efficient, that does the job without the incidental threats to the environment and also in a more cost effective way. Many possibilities have come up, like the hydrogen fuel cell powered car, the natural gas or bio diesel powered cars.  These options leave a much lesser carbon footprint, are easier to obtain and are renewable. But the one that has shown the most promise though is arguably the electric car.  In my next post, I’ll tell you why our future is with electric cars.