In the latest edition of Autocar (07/03/19), a UK car magazine. Autocar have reported that the Tesla has unveiled the latest version of their supercharger systems to support electric car technology. This new supercharger will allow vehicles like the Model 3 to recover 75 miles of charge in approximately five minutes, which could potentially equate to 1000miles charge per hour. ( Link to the original news story, here). Its also worth noting that other car companies around the world including VW, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Nissan, Jaguar, Honda and Toyota etc are also developing electric cars or have them in production now.
The charging time for electric cars has always been one of the big downsides with this technology. Conventional cars can be refueled in minutes with either petrol or diesel fuel and many of these cars have very impressive ranges, some over 1000miles. But conventional engines still produce emissions. All hydrocarbon fuels need to be processed in refineries, which generates more emission. Then all hydrocarbon fuels need to be transported to local filling stations and that generates even more emissions plus it adds to road congestion issues.
Electric cars technologies also transforms the global supply chain as it could potential remove long logistics routings and replace them with local community operations. Electric cars have the ability to be charged at home using electricity that is sourced directly from your local energy supplier and delivered to you via the national grid. The UK national grid actually has 4474miles of overhead lines, plus 969miles of underground cables and 346 substations to deliver electricity to domestic and industry customers. ( Link to national grid, here)
But homes can also be fitted with photovoltaic panels (PV) to capture solar energy. These PV panels are connected to an inverter that converts direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), which can be used to power the average home. This energy can also be also stored in home storage systems, batteries and can used to power the house at night or even charge your electric car. The UK isn’t blessed with all year round good weather, but when it is, the solar panels are generating energy, even when you’re at work. (Battery advice, here).
Electric cars are an old idea, but there technology is fast evolving. The world climate is changing as a result of human activities and emission regulations are becoming stricter. (EU Emissions Regulations, here )
But it’s these new stricter regulations, which are forcing many global car companies to look at developing new electric car technologies and new electric cars for the drivers of tomorrow. Electric cars are here to stay and conventional hydrocarbons powered cars will one day become a thing of the past. (Zlios News 22/02/19)
There are many global car companies, whom are now producing exciting electric cars in addition to their current range of hybrids. We have included links to some of these car companies to give you an example of what’s available now. You also have to remember that with every new generation of car, the car infrastructure and technology is becoming more sophisticated. New technology will make the car safer, more reliable and a more enjoyable to place to be. New generations of semi-conductors and systems will be needed to support these improvements. The way, we buy cars will also change and cars purchases could move online.. ( Click Here)