This seems to be the year when the big manufacturers go down an all-electric route.
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June 10, 2021
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It is undeniable that we need to seriously consider how we, the human race, have damaged the planet. Much of this damage has been caused by pollution. Fossil fuels that produce harmful greenhouse gases have caused irreparable damage. Used for a century and more in all types of vehicles, gasoline and diesel – along with coal and petroleum – have been responsible for this rampant devastation of our environment.
But in recent years, there has been a concerted effort to move away from fossil fuels towards alternative energy sources. Wind and solar energy are widely used in many countries for the production of electricity. When it comes to vehicles, however, the need to rely on battery power has been a limiting factor since the dawn of the automobile.
electric cars and electric motorcycles are not new. Indeed, in the early days of motorized road transport, the electric motor was considered a more viable option than the internal combustion engine. A lack of battery development and cheap oil quickly overcame this, and we have stood still in many ways for 100 years. But this is perhaps only the year when the electric vehicle marks its authority on the roads. Let’s see why.
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The world is going electric
The electric car has been on the road for many years now. Most major manufacturers have hybrid or all-electric models in their lineup. Toyota has led the way in hybrid vehicles and has led the way for others. In the luxury market, Tesla has influenced other manufacturers to include electric motors in their cars, with supercar makers such as McLaren and even Ferrari now offering spectacularly powerful hybrid models.
However, for the regular everyday driver who wants a family car or for commuting, the electric option has remained expensive. In addition, the infrastructure problem in most countries still exists. The limited range also keeps people away from the fully electric vehicle, and although gas stations are everywhere, charging points are sometimes hard to find.
That may all be about to change, and 2021 looks to be the year major automakers choose to embark on an all-electric future. Jaguar-Land Rover – based in the UK and owned by Indian giant Tata – already has the popular I-PACE in its luxury vehicle lineup and has announced that from 2025 it will only manufacture all-electric vehicles. . It’s a bold move on the part of the iconic brand, but it’s not exactly a high-volume manufacturer.
Such a statement will certainly accelerate the switch from ICE to electric among other big brands, and some are already getting things done.
The future of electric vehicles
Much of the backlash against electric vehicles has come from traditionalists who are often opposed to change. The point is, we now care more about our planet than ever before, thanks in large part to the science that has taught us where we went wrong.
With the on-going development of battery technology and innovation from major automakers leading to better range and efficiency, it’s safe to say that new vehicles from all major automakers will be fully electric by 2040, and as we saw above the luxury sector will likely take this route sooner rather than later.
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Two-wheeled electric vehicle boom
The electric motorcycle must be taken into account in the evolution towards electric vehicles. The pandemic has had a direct effect on accelerating the transition to electricity in the world of two-wheelers.
It should be borne in mind that around a billion people around the world use electric motorcycles as a form of transportation. It has been a popular method of getting around, especially in India and other Asian countries. The adoption of electric motorcycles as a cheap and convenient form of transportation was noticed in the western world in 2020, as the pandemic exerted an influence on transportation and movement behaviors.
Notable brands such as Harley-Davidson entered the market, the model in question being the Livewire, and new entrants to the market Damon Motors – a Canadian company – has made great strides in the market for high performance electric motorcycles. The iconic scooter maker Vespa has also entered the electric market, a sign that, like in the world of four-wheeled vehicles, two-wheeled electric vehicles are becoming the mainstream.
With motorcycles being the preferred mode of transportation in heavily populated Asian countries, there is no doubt that this is a market that will benefit greatly from improvements and development in electric motorcycle technology.