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Get ready to plug in!

Get ready to plug in! August 01, 2017 by Mike Henshaw

So, it’s all electric! Well, at least it will be sooner rather than later, given the increased activity being reported around the world on the subject.

It seems that petrol and diesel cars will progressively disappear as the world gets to grip with alternative power options for our mobility, and countries get tougher on emissions.

Some are ahead of the curve, with Volvo stating that every new car in its range will have an electric powertrain available from 2019. Tesla has also announced its Model 3 electric car is now on sale, which is targeted at the mass market.

This is still a drop in the ocean as traditional models still hold virtually all the current market. That said, manufacturers will be keen to have plans in place as the various governments make changes and new demands. Those who sit back and wait will undoubtedly be left behind.

China leads the way, with nearly half of the 2016 worldwide sales of electric vehicles. The growth in electric options will be expediential. International reports suggest that by 2040 over 50% of new car sales will be electric, so we are all about to witness a monumental change for the automotive sector.

Some countries are already making significant headway. Norway does particularly well with electric cars, driven in no small part by the many benefits and subsidies offered by the government. Buyers can avoid purchase taxes, toll costs, have free parking and drive in bus lanes. (Sounds very good to me!)

With many other countries choking on the whole emission problem we can expect to see others moving quickly to make their own impact. France and the UK have already made pledges to make changes, albeit these are some years away and deemed to be too slow by the environmentalists.

India is considering a plan to have an ‘all electric’ approach by 2032. A big task, but shows the focus now placed on the matter.

The Challenges:

  • Electric cars and the battery cells used must become more financially acceptable to allow pricing to have a mass market appeal
  • The range capability of travel needs to increase to compete with the typical range of a petrol or diesel car
  • The options and availability to ‘re charge’ must rapidly increase to allow ease of trip for all users
  • It may be that the infrastructure challenge is the biggest potential road block to over come

Hugely exciting, and also controversial, times ahead for the industry as we meet yet another challenge and change in direction for the automotive sector.


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