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What Does the Future Hold for EVs?

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Electric car technology has developed very rapidly over the last two decades, with most of its development propelled by the need to develop more environmentally friendly vehicles. These developments have also been hastened by countries such as the UK banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars soon. Therefore, manufacturers are being forced to develop attractive, desirable, and practical electric vehicles. Since electric vehicles are the future of mobility, it would be an excellent exercise to consider what the future holds for them.

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Improved Battery Technology

One of the main things holding electric vehicles back is battery technology. Batteries dictate an EV’s range and how much power can be sent to the inverters, affecting how much power the vehicle produces. Battery technology is improving, with charging times and range improving as a result. It is now possible to charge an electric vehicle from 0-80% in about 40 minutes, while it took around two hours a few years ago.

Scientists are also looking at alternatives to the Lithium-ion batteries we rely on today. These alternatives produce more power, charge faster, are less prone to overheating and use non-flammable materials, so they are safer than the solutions we use today. Replacing lithium as the main component of electric vehicle batteries will also have a substantial positive environmental impact. The reason is that mining this material is very damaging to the environment.

Expansion Outside Personal Vehicle Use

When most people think about EVs, they often think about the personal cars people drive in the cities. If any of them have an idea about EVs outside this space, they know about electric trucks already on the road, such as the Rivian R1T or the upcoming Ford Lightning, which is coming in 2022.

As electric vehicle technology matures, we can expect to see companies expanding outside the personal vehicle and pick up space and getting into the commercial space. We have already seen Tesla announce their semi-trucks and other companies announce they are working on similar solutions. There are also companies working on developing emobility technology solutions for commercial vehicles, mobile machinery such as tractors, and so much more. With these technologies properly developed and matured, we will see electric components incorporated into other areas, many of which we do not think will go electric at this time.

Wireless Charging

A significant reason why people are hesitant about switching to an electric vehicle is charging. People do not want to wait for hours to charge to the same range they would get after refueling a diesel or petrol car for a few minutes. EV charging has improved significantly, with more charging stations added to the network and faster chargers installed.

Wireless charging is set to change all this as it can make it possible to charge your EV anywhere and when the vehicle is sitting idle. With this solution, you do not need to consider converting your garage or looking for a charging station; you just charge wherever you are using a pad.

It is difficult to think about everything that will change about electric vehicles in the future. However, there are already glimpses of the future of electric vehicles. It is bright if we go with everything we are already seeing.

 

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