Electric cars – they run on batteries, the trees love them, they run like any other gasoline vehicle on the road and are just as practical. So, why don’t we see them on the roads? Here’s why:
It was the year 1884 when Thomas Parker came up with the first electric vehicle. By 1900, only 22% of cars were powered by gasoline, while 40% were electric and the remaining 38% ran on steam. And by 1930s, the market was taken over by gasoline-powered vehicles because they were cheaper to run and that caused the electric vehicles to slowly disappear. Now that was a temporary end to the electric car era.
Concerned with global warming and climate changes, every major car manufacturer is currently trying to develop their version of the electric car for the masses. Today, when we say electric cars, the first name that pops up is Tesla. Founded in 2003, Tesla has been famous for solely developing electric vehicles and, recently they overtook the sales in the USA compared to that of a gas-powered car. That shows Tesla has been successful in creating electric vehicles for the masses! Their cars are futuristic too. Unlike its predecessors, Tesla’s cars are brimming with tech. And, it’s more practical when compared to other cars in the segment and is very economical for the pocket too. And nope, electric power doesn’t mean Tesla’s cars are slow. In fact, Tesla’s cars are so powerful, a petrolhead will have a hard time wiping the grin off his face. Tesla’s cars are a testament to how much the electric car industry has developed. Now, every other company is trying to build a car which can ‘overtake’ the Teslas. That’s what we call a healthy competition.
And it’s not just the Teslas, there are private companies who are trying to electrify the wheels on the road. Bosch – for instance – have taken the Maruti Suzuki Baleno which is one of the highest selling cars in India, and have electrified it. They stripped off the gasoline engine and have fitted it with an electric motor which is accompanied by the battery in the boot. This is a prototype version currently, but we hope to see better advancements in the near future
Electric cars are the future right now because we’ll be running out of fossil fuel one day. As technology develops further, there will a slew of vehicles which won’t even require a driver (which are currently concepts today). Maybe one day, we’d be able to ‘call’ your work to pick you up and ask it to take you to the destination. That day isn’t really far we believe.
Why aren’t we all in electric cars yet?
Cost. Technology. Adoption.
Today, it’s cheap to run an electric car, but to buy one – it’s still heavy on the pocket. Also, many countries are yet to adopt electric vehicles, hence there’s a lack of charging stations. So, you won’t be able to get far away with an electric car today. Since the batteries can manage some good amount of mileage on one charge, it’s still nowhere near to what gasoline vehicles offer. Also, gasoline cars have the power to fill up within minutes and be on its way while the electric cars take hours (currently) to completely charge up. Unless all these flaws are ironed out, it will be difficult for people to adopt electric vehicles. But as technology develops, the day isn’t far when the majority of the vehicles on the road are electric.
And India is in the game to make people adopt more electric vehicles by creating more charging stations. So, when you run out of juice in your car, a charging station might just be a stone-throw away. If you’re still wondering how everything will work out for an electric future, check this video out.