Electric cars are basically the same automobiles you see everyday but instead of powering the wheels with a combustion engine, they use an electric motor and a battery. Yes, everything else is the same; the chassis, the suspension, the body and everything in between.
The only difference? Electric motors are 10-times more efficient than the combustion engine and offer 2 times the power/weight ratio of a Formula 1 engine. A 2014 Renault F1 engine offers 2.5 kW/kg of power – weighing in at 180 kgs (with the battery) while an advanced electric motor can achieve 5.7 kW/kg of power – weighing in at 115 kgs without the battery. A combustion engine in a sportscar can’t even come close to an F1 engine in weight or power ratio, so you do the math. A single electric motor could convert up to 100 years without needing to be replaced, so why aren’t we using them in mass production yet?
Electric cars hold only 1 percent of the current market share simply because the problem is the battery pack. That’s why they aren’t as popular as you would expect. Battery technology is so far behind while the electric motor is at it’s peak, with weight and inefficiency from the batteries – it’s the electric motors doing all the work. Imagine having one smart kid doing homework for an entire class and still manages to finish on time and hand in all the assignments – that’s how a good the electric motor is compared to the battery pack providing it with juice. It’s safe to say that the 400-miles of range could be improved by up to 300 percent, once battery packs catch up to the electric motor.
To put things into perspective; if you were told to choose between a machine that produces $1,000 per second and another that produces $10 per second, which would you choose? obviously the first one, and that’s exactly why combustion engines are inferior to electric motors.
Besides the capability of achieving 1-million miles per electric motor, they are virtually maintenance free. Just tell me how many times you serviced your combustion car the past couple of years? oil changes, leaks, belts, transmission, sounds..etc. All of that is gone, and i won’t miss it. The only thing you would probably miss is the sweet sound of the exhaust, but seriously. Is it worth it?
Did i mention how much space is saved when you no longer need to deal with a huge lump of engine in the front?
So, in order for electric cars to take over they would need a 45 percent improvement in the battery and charge time department for them to even come close to world wide production. Current stats show that manufacturers are barely adapting hybrid tech, and finally started to embrace turbochargers.
Elon Musk said that: “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.” and while this is true, the automotive giants know they can milk the combustion engine for much longer thus only producing electric vehicles when legislations require you to do so. Only few have started to embrace and spend on electric-development, but battery dense packs are still lagging way behind and LG CHEM is the only company that’s probably producing a decent battery pack with a maximum of 400 miles of range.
The only problem I have with the autonomy and electric cars would be the fact that they would eliminate a large percentage of human jobs. But that’s part of evolution and we always find a way to make it through.
The video below shows one of the best electric cars in the market, the Rimac Concept_One vs the fastest Hypercar on the planet – the Porsche 918 Spyder.
As die-hard car fans, it’s hard to accept this harsh reality but it’s much better to be aware than be oblivious to the eminent future. I’m almost sure the next generation won’t even care how the car sounds or looks, it’s all about getting them from point A to B. It’s not sports cars that are leading the sales charts, it’s SUV’s and crossovers. My prediction is it would take approximately 50 years for electric cars to take over, while the battery pack might reach its potential within 25 years.
If you can out-accelerate a Porsche 918 in a 1 year old electric in-house built concept, you’re still debating if electric cars are the future?