It seems the whole luxury car market has turned to fully electric or hybrid (electro-assisted-internal-combustion-engine) powered vehicles.
Tesla is now a household name for their superior and very groundbreaking at every technological level range of car models, they are simply leaps and bounds ahead of other electric car makes at this level of performance and technologies as well as the underlying cool factor that goes with them. Tesla vehicles have not been around a massively long time unlike other car marques yet they have set new standards in the way we perceive modular transport, others car manufacturers have seen this and are making inroads into the Electric Vehicle (EV) market.
There are some very good reasons for the eventual mass transitioning of transport to EVs, not only with the after-initial-manufacture lack of pollutants from burning carbon-based fuels like their internal-combustion-engine (ICE) vehicles, this does depend on where the electricity to charge the batteries come from; if it is from a coal or natural gas-powered electric generating power plant then the carbon footprint will add up if compared to a nuclear, wind or solar array power supplying plant.
There are ways to be completely carbon neutral if you build an off-grid solar array with battery storage options, there is some initial outlay but after installation, you can charge up your EV at no cost, there are many options with this type of setup – lookout for an upcoming article about building your own off-grid generating system.
With the Ozone layer being damaged and possible reasons that go toward this with emissions from the residential output and commercial industries as well as from motor vehicles, the shift to EVs is a logical progression. China switched from ICE motorcycles to electric variants to tackle the tackle smog and pollution in the big cities, in a short time the air quality has improved dramatically as well as the lessening reliance on crude oil that has in itself experiences a long polluting journey being transported to where it needs to be processed if, via ship or road for instance.
EVS have far fewer components than ICE cars as they do not utilise a petrol, diesel or a gas-powered engine with their many individual components, then there is the transmission unit – the bit that transfers power from the engine via driveshafts to a gearbox and clutch – electric cars just don’t need all those complicated components and so need less maintenance, the major components that can become costly when failing are the batteries, these do over time lose capacity and this cannot be avoided but the percentages are negligible and as battery technologies improve with every generation the overall conditioning and life of the cells improves greatly, this also includes the charging rates with varying electricity delivery as well as the infrastructure to actually charge the vehicles.
There is just no getting away from the fact the electric vehicles have had a domineering effect and are here to stay so if you drive a gas-guzzling motor it is perhaps time to change your perceptions on what motoring and the lessening reliance on fossil fuels really should be all about.