We’ve got to come round to electric point of view, The charging grid comes prior.

Eddy Grant and Electric Avenue aside, electric vehicles are on course to be the future of motoring. Although the main aim is to stop the flooding of the Maldives and prevent polar bears from downsizing their homes even further- could they actually be better than what we have currently? Let’s see the electric point of view.

There is a lot of trepidation buzzing around the forced adoption of EVs. We have to jump ship, or we remain on a sinking vessel that will cost an arm, a leg and a planet to stay on. Range anxiety has now been overtaken by charge-point anxiety and at the moment, that is understandable. But with every new development, there has to be a transition period. Horse and cart owners would have thought something similar about the infrequency of fuel stations compared to a plentiful supply of hay they had to power their current vehicles- and sugar cubes for the sport models.

Image: Horse and cart owners would have been sceptical of the new internal combustion engine technology

At this time, it would have been a coaxing process to the world of the internal combustion engine, but it got to the point where advertising was unnecessary. As comedian Jimmy Carr said of his previous job in marketing at Shell, ‘it was the easiest job in the world- if your fuel gauge is in the red… Fill up your tank with fuel’. This will eventually come with EVs when they are the mainstream.

Image: Selling fuel was a simple job when there was not a viable alternative

However, there is an added element of competition with EVs that also holds a benefit too. You can charge at home. You can be sleeping and putting miles of range into your car. That means that companies will have to compete with their charging points to be fitted to your house and that means the process will have to be improved. They will have to make it more efficient to be the most attractive offer for you- so charging will get faster and cheaper.

You will have a choice of where to get your energy from too- at the moment you have a choice of spending exactly the same amount at a Shell, Esso, BP or a supermarket of your choice to fuel your vehicle, this will be a thing of the past.

The charge that you put into your batteries is dependant on the size of those batteries, the kWh capacity combined with efficiency will produce the range of the vehicle. That is a very similar process in comparison, to the fuel tank capacity and the efficiency of an ICE vehicle. If you want more mileage, you make the car more efficient or put in a bigger fuel tank- or both as fuel has a fixed volume and cannot be made smaller. Not with EVs though.

Image: The battery technology in mobile phones has dramatically improved over a relatively short period of time

Mobile phones are a prime example. They started off as house bricks and now they are a thin veneer of high-resolution screen that do 10-15 million things every second. Proof that battery technology can be made smaller and more efficient. What that means for EVs is that, as they develop- battery technology will actually improve and there is nothing stopping their range from overtaking the mileage capable of ICE cars per fill.

Image: The new Mercedes-Benz EQXX concept shows us what is to come in the world of EV very shortly (picture courtesy of Mercedes-Benz)

Mercedes-Benz have developed a concept called the EQXX which has a range of 620 miles due to the aerodynamic shape, battery technology and drivetrain efficiency. I reckon EVs will be capable of 1000 miles on a charge by 2030, mark my words.

Image: The original Nissan Leaf was before the infrastructure to support it, but it gave car companies a starting point (picture courtesy of Nissan)

There are teething issues with electric vehicles but- as previously stated with the horse and cart- that is the case with every new technology. The first Nissan Leaf was brave but before its time as there wasn’t any mainstream infrastructure ready for it. But it needed to happen so that it could be developed upon. For the same reason mobile phone companies didn’t just stop at the first model they made and sold it for evermore- it evolved over time. EVs have already been found to be less-stressful, safer to drive and cheaper to maintain- coupled to the obvious benefits like being better for our health, the environment and being quieter.

Image: Charging unit companies will have to compete for our business- so they will have to make them an attractive solution for us

The 2030 Government mandate is another year closer but if they invest properly into a charging infrastructure, the issues of the EV will be solved. I know I may seem like street preacher, madly shouting at anyone who will listen about the church of EV-angelical motoring. But, by the cut-off date for ICE cars, the only people who wouldn’t actually want an EV will either have money to burn or shares in a re-location business to Mars.

Thanks for reading, let me know what you think about EVs.

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