Rise of Electric Vehicles
At CES 2020, one of the largest tech events on Earth, every single car released or previewed was electric. Why? Ask anyone about a few years ago and no one would want an electric car. The unreliability, pain-staking charging times, and horrible reviews (especially Jeremy Clarkson’s infamous take on the 1st-gen Tesla roadster) gave the electric vehicle (EV) industry a horrible reputation. However, as technology improves, so does the average EV. Within the next few decades, the car industry will be dominated by electric vehicles as automakers come together to progress sustainable transportation that leaves less of a carbon footprint on Earth.
Environmental consciousness can be a reason why people are only now buying EVs. Climate change problems are noticeably rising every day, with combustion cars being one of the leading causes. Carbon dioxide and the other toxic gases that come out of motor vehicles can greatly reduce the quality of life in communities, especially larger ones. Cities like Los Angeles and New York City get so much pollution from cars among other causes that sometimes there’s a haze of smog that swallows them whole. As such, the EV rise has come when we needed it the most to save our community and others from being completely unlivable by toxic auto emissions.
Or, maybe it's the fun aspect of electric cars. After all, EVs are a lot more nimble than traditional gasoline cars because of their light electric motors that give drivers more control when steering. And those same motors provide instant power to EVs. Watch any 'Tesla v. X drag race' video on YouTube, and Tesla always comes king. No gears means all of your speed can be unlocked at just a push of the throttle. With their instant torque, agility, and response times, EVs will soon dominate the motorsport market (as seen in Cars 3).
But hey, maybe you're not the type of guy to buy an EV for the instant breath-taking torque, and well, their practicality makes them a perfect commuter. If you have an electric car charger at home, all you have to do is just park your car in your garage. Plug in the charger into your car, and voila, your car will be ready when you need it tomorrow. No need for midnight gas station trips because, simply, your home is your gas (electric) station. Maybe not for long trips as Tesla charging times can take very long for a full battery. But, look at the bright side, you get numerous other advantages in range, control, and torque. Additionally, new innovation every day lowers the time it takes to charge your average EV. At some point in the near future, it will probably take the same time, if not less, to charge your car as with filling it with gas! If you just need a car to take you to work every day, EVs are becoming the best option.
Rising gas costs too can show why people are getting EVs. About $100 of the same amount of mileage on gas is around a few dollars for the same mileage on electricity. Instead of begging your parents for gas money, you can just use spare change to charge up your EV. Additionally, the recent negative values in oil pricing is essentially pushing towards green energy as oil producers are literally paying buyers to take the oil off their hands. Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to switch to electric power.
Ultimately, all of these benefits of electric cars are why the latest cars are coming up electric. 10 years ago, the average EV was debatably worse than the worst combustion car. However, the new updates and ideas that come with the new EV startup are changing the status quo. Plus, the disadvantages that come with combustion cars aren’t looking to go away any time soon. With all of these reasons, the car companies of today are pledging to go either fully electric or partially electric within the next few decades for sustainable transportation. It’s certainly a positive cause, as car makers are coming together for something Tesla set spark to. 50 years ago, the car industry was defined by gasoline and diesel engines. But now, the car community is going electric; and maybe, it's for the better.
Sreenidh is currently a high school student attending school in Southern California. As an aspiring engineering and entrepreneur, he hopes to change the world at the intersection of environmental science and automotive technology. He also has a strong passion for journalism, and enjoys writing articles for numerous different outlets. In his free time, he loves to learn about upcoming cars, work on his personal blog, and watch Disney+.