We talk a lot these days about electric cars, and for good reason. When one drives past us we can hardly believe how lovely and quiet they sound, just cruising by without as much as a squeak. With all the recent and ongoing global warming and emissions in the news,  

But the question on many people’s minds now is, will they last? We’ll take a look at the future of electric cars through the lenses of politics, sustainability on the market, and their popularity, and you can decide for yourself whether you think we’ll see them in the next 50 years.  

Politics

Believe it or not, electric cars are the source of a lot of debates within the politics of many countries. Britain is one of those countries, with a pledge to no longer sell diesel or petrol vehicles by 2040. This is a result of their Clean Air plan which hypes up the importance of our breathing air, and what we can do to improve it.

Other countries have done the same thing, or even one better, like Norway, who has set the goal for 2025. They’ve also already managed to have a 22% market share of electric vehicles, much of which is a result of initiatives and incentives they put in place.

Considering that several countries have already moved toward this, it seems like only a matter of time where others follow suit. The Paris Climate accord has motivated many countries to come up with plans of their own, but sadly it seems as though electric vehicles won’t be nearly enough to help the larger problem of global warming. Regardless, many countries see electric vehicles as one of the easier ways to cut back on the larger problem.

Sustainability

By far the best part of electric cars is their long term effects, or lack of, on the environment. Best case scenario is that countries figure out a way to support them, and we can begin reducing our reliance on petrol vehicles as soon as possible. Electric vehicles have no exhaust systems, which obviously means no exhaust emissions, and helps in lowering greenhouse gas emissions overall.

Electric vehicles are also often using sustainable parts and materials, like recycled plastic and bio based materials. Green materials are becoming a big buzzword in building and production, and electric vehicles are jumping on the trend.

A huge positive of electric vehicles is the lesser amount of maintenance needed. Since the motor is electric, many basic repairs aren’t needed. For example, a cambelt replacement in Auckland would never be required, or even something as basic as an oil change. Automotive repairs in Christchurch will therefore need to adjust their services and train their mechanics as a result. Even services like truck dismantling in Christchurch may need to adjust the way they dismantle an electric vehicle.

One interesting thing to think about with a future of all electric cars, is how we handle things like your local Tauranga WOF inspection. Warrant of Fitness (WOF) inspects certain aspects of the car that are nonexistent in an electric car, like the exhaust system or fuel system. Countries that currently require an inspection like a WOF will need to seriously look at other ways to inspect electric vehicles for road safety and worthiness. Mechanics in Christchurch and all over the country will also need to look into how they accommodate for these vehicles.

Popularity

If electric vehicles want to see themselves as a contender for the long term, they’ll need to deal with the  public’s opinion of the cars. General popularity of electric vehicles is still growing, but certainly hasn’t won over everyone yet. Part of the main issue with stalled public assent is the lack of availability. Most people can’t afford the fully electric vehicles, even if it’s cheaper to drive them once you’ve purchased. Besides that, electric cars still aren’t fully integrated in our culture, meaning that finding a charging port can be difficult, and a favourite road trip isn’t quite realistic yet. There’s even a name for the fear of running out of battery; it’s called range anxiety.

However, electric cars are stepping up to this challenge in a few ways. First, selling extra battery packs and simply longer lasting batteries has helped quite a bit. Second, the increase in popularity means that government infrastructures are also stepping up and adding more charging ports all over the country. Finally, the future of batteries means having solar paneled charging, and home charging ports to make sure you’re covered wherever you go.

Popularity will also increase with government initiatives like we talked about earlier. Some governments, like the UK government, are providing grants to install a charging point at home, or allowing electric cars to use bus lanes.  

The future of the future

We’ve taken a look at the current future of electric cars, but what about the future of future electric cars? What will be the next big thing, and what will cars look like beyond our predictions? Will we have flying cars someday? Self driving cars are already being tested all over the world, so what comes next? Here are just a few of the possibilities in the near, or not so near, future.

Many predictions say that society will be moving towards autonomous movement, including public transportation and even homes. One really exciting and interesting prediction is robotic RVs, which would allow you to take a holiday in a more remote area in the comfort of a small, robotic and mobile home. Other predictions include more options and increased popularity of working remotely, especially working globally or in varying locations.

Now that you’ve been provided with some facts, what do you think? Do you believe electric cars are the future? Whatever your prediction is, history has shown us that no matter how accurate we get on some guesses, there’s other futuristic things we have now that we could have never guessed in the past. So,  looks like we’ll just have to wait and see what happens!  

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