Updated: Oct 2, 2021
The electric vehicle or EV manufacturer, Tesla, burst into the car scene in 2003, and ever since this remarkable milestone, new electric vehicle companies like Rivian, Chargepoint, Nio, and Lucid Motors have pushed into the auto market with their various models having varying speeds, battery capacities and features. Like these pioneers, the traditional producers have realized their slow pace as regards the EV rat race and have made progress with their own models. Of note is Toyota's BZ4X and the Mercedes Benz EQS Concept.
Mercedes Benz Vision EQS Concept. © Engadget.com
Toyota BZ4X Concept. © Cnet.com
Tesla has cornered a substantial market for its models owing to its revolutionary technology and targeted marketing. Upcoming manufacturers are now trying to cut into that market share, but the point is that without the large scale gamble Tesla made for the future of the electric vehicle, nobody could have envisioned the revolution now taking place in the automobile industry. The age of the EV.
Lucid Air. © Pursuitist.com
Features abound in the electric vehicle models now in design and production stages, but the main hallmark of these transport machines is the replacement of an internal combustion engine with an electric battery-powered one. This opens up the hood for storage since there won't be any combustion engine to fill up that space. And this further means that the goal of cutting emissions to preserve the planet by preventing climate change is within reach.
Volkswagen ID.Buzz Microbus Concept. © Caranddriver.com
The age of the electric vehicle shouldn't be seen as the end goal. Rather, it should be viewed as the beginning of immense change in the automotive sector. Flying cars are in the works now, but their expensive production ridicules their commercial possibilities. Now, envisage cars with no tires. The Electromagnetic Audi Concept Car and Volkswagen's Hover Car comes to mind. That is the way to go, in my opinion.
Audi Maglev Concept Car. © Fubiz.net
Volkswagen's Concept Car. © E3Sparkplugs.com
A car with no wheels means doing away with suspension and brakes and bearings and shafts, because there won't be any contact with surfaces, except when the vehicle stops to offload passengers. That saves cost and makes for a very smooth, ‘bumpy less’ ride. If you're wondering about the brakes in a hover system, EV manufacturers would know other ways of stopping the car's motion. After all, helicopters can stop mid-flight, and there are real hovercrafts out there.
GM Hummer EV. © Forbes.com
The age of the EV has ushered in a brighter future for Mankind's transportation requirements, though certain other factors hindering favorable climate change goals, like the carbon footprint of the factories producing these vehicles, need to be addressed. Hover cars are the way to go, since flying cars are yet to be commercially sensible, and with the rate new electric vehicles are coming off their production lines, I often wonder what the future holds for the EV? My novel, THE WHITE BOOK, chronicles advances that would definitely make the present crop of electric vehicles pale in comparison. Yes, our fiction will one day become our reality.
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