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Are Electric Vehicles Future of the Automobile Industry?


The invention of the automobile has been nothing less than a revolutionary change. This invention has shown a lot of positive as well as negative drawbacks than any other invention could possibly show throughout the history of the transportation industry. Automobile industry has affected all aspects of society. From work to family, from economy to environment. Over the generations, automobiles have highly influenced the lives of people and instead of getting away with it, it has become a crucial part of every individual’s life. 

As we have always heard, ’Growth is the only evidence of life’. There is always some scope of doing better than before.

The automobile industry’s quest to limit its impact on the environment and transform the landscape into a sustainable mode of transportation is at high density despite the recent economic crisis.

If Electric vehicles  rules the automobile industry in the near future, then it will help the environment in a lot of ways like improving the quality of the air, lesser use of carbon in transport, motoring cost and also reduce global warming. The electric vehicle market has seen some significant development owing to require for resolving future energy resources.

I won’t say this will completely rule the market in the near future but it is rising and becoming an integral part of the automobile industry. Eventually, it will grow for good and will definitely mark its crucial present in the history of the automobile industry.

If electric vehicles comes into existence, it will require far less periodic maintenance and will as well require far less parts and services. However, the amount will not be zero and there still would be non-drivetrain components of the vehicle that will still require service. So, the servicing part of the industry will not go away entirely but there will be some downsizing in the auto repair industry.

WHO INVENTED ELECTRIC CARS?

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The exact date is still unknown, but what history has come up with in these years, it is believed that electric cars were invented by Scotsman Robert Anderson somewhere in between 1832 and 1839. Although, it is still under debate and not a proven fact because somewhere around 1834 or 1835, American Thomas Davenport has also been credited as the inventor of the first electric car. Crude beast was the first ever electric car that got made. According to sources, three other people who were part of this revolutionary invention are Professor Sibrandus Stratingh of Groningen, Holland, Christopher Becker, and Hungarian inventor Anyos Jedlik.

WHY ELECTRIC CARS ARE MORE EFFICIENT?

Electric vehicles can produce much less emissions than burning fuel in engines of the vehicle but it totally depends on how the electricity has been generated. Having said electric vehicles have zero emissions, the quality of the air will improve dramatically in cities where wind, solar, waves, tides or nuclear power is used to charge batteries. 

One thing that brings certainty is that if even around half a million people of the country’s population are driving electric cars, we can see a dramatic fall in the consumption of oil. On the other hand, we will see some rise in coal or gas power consumption.

HOW ELECTRIC VEHICLES WILL BRING CHANGE IN THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY?

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1.Self-Driving Vehicles:

Driverless vehicles will bring a revolutionary change in the automobile industry and they will keep running out and about without the intercession of the driver in the driver’s seat. I agree it might sound impossible, but, IT IS NOT! It is now close to reality with a few automakers like Nissan and Chevrolet who have accompanied their separate models of such autos.

2.Artificial Intelligence(AI) Controlled Vehicles:

The infusion of artificial intelligence in automobiles is progressively getting intense and responsive and right now, for that matter, they are largely adapted to react to orders as normal as voice messages.

3.Vehicle to Vehicle Connectivity:

Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) network normally permits autos to offer data and staying in contact with each other. Vehicles can connect on various parameters concerning speed, street conditions, activity, danger and much more. It will not just enhance auto wellbeing but will effectively help vehicles maintain a strategic distance from course that may take a little time to achieve the goal on the account of substantial activity. All these taglines will shape the completely prepared Vehicle to Vehicle network arrangement without bounds.

The invention of electric vehicles has been a relatively new concept in the history  of the automobile industry. Some companies have made their offer of cars being only proactive and using electricity where as some offer hybrid vehicles that work both on electricity and gas. If you want to save your hard earned money and also help contribute towards a sustainable and healthy environment, then electric cars makes for a great way for you to do that.

Having said that, there will be some disadvantages that will come along with this concept such as:

DISADVANTAGES OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES?

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  1. Recharge Points: There are some electric fuel stations still in the development stage but not a lot of places would have electric fuel stations where you go regularly. If you are on a long trip, you might as well get stuck where you are.
  2. Electricity is not Free: Electric cars consume a lot of electricity in order to get charged properly which might result into a huge amount show in your monthly electricity bill.
  3. Recharge Time is Long: Electric cars will take somewhere around 5-7 hours in order to be fully charged; whereas on the other hand, it doesn’t even take a few minutes to fuel your gas powered cars. 

NISSAN LEAF, FORD FOCUS ELECTRIC, TESLA MODELS and CHEVROLET VOLT are some of the examples of electric cars that has come into existence in the previous years.

Tesla uses solar panels on their electric cars due to which there are no sun-roofs coming in the new models of electric cars. How practical it is? According to a recent study, there are approximately 253 million gas guzzling cars and trucks on the streets of US. Pairing electric vehicles with home based rooftop solar installation can help put us one step closer to becoming more self-

sufficient and disconnected from the traditional power grid, which is often supported by dirty fuel sources. This then begs the question: is it possible to power my electric car using nothing but solar-generated electricity? Then, the answer to this question in short is a ‘YES’. Using solar panels on electric cars is one of the most efficient ways of charging them and is certainly reigning in the industry right now.

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This is the field where we can expect very rapid innovation. For example; the US government of energy has recently launched a $46.7 million program to get 367 hybrid trucks of the midsize on the roads. Each hybrid truck will save around 17 tons of carbon dioxide a year. Electric infusion in vehicles will continue to grow. The US government is providing funding to increase the number of charging stations and there is work going on outside the US by Toyota, Honda, Audi, BMW and Mercedes. 

The process will take some time but it will come into existence and the transition will be magnificent. 

By Garima