Car manufacturers have felt the pressure from governments around the world to reduce the emissions from the cars that they produce, so that they can meet the targets put in place to help reduce our carbon footprint. We have all seen hybrid technology used in many of our well-known manufacturer’s vehicles, like all of the Vehicle-to-grid equipped vehicles. This technology has taken another step forward by producing zero emission vehicles that primarily run on electric motors. As we are now well into 2019, it is worth having a look at what other types of technology our leading car manufacturers are offering and how the introduction of driverless vehicles is getting on.
Hybrid technology has enabled modern technology to be blended with old-fashioned combustion engine cars. We are all in an era of fuel efficiency and being environmentally friendly has become a part of the process when choosing our new vehicles. The advantage to hybrid vehicles is that they offer an electric engine with a petrol backup. The petrol engine is often smaller, in terms of cubic capacity, than it would normally be in a vehicle of a certain size, but there’s a backup power source for when the electric motor runs out of charge. Some manufacturers are able to use this petrol motor as a way of helping recharge the batteries of the electric unit. Although this is a great blend of technology, the petrol engine is only used at higher speeds or when the electric unit has run out of charge. The vehicle will then be polluting the environment as it would’ve done before just at a lesser extent. So this leads us on to electric vehicles.
Electric vehicles are by far the most environmentally vehicles on the road at the moment. Although they need to be charged at regular intervals, they do offer zero emissions on the road when they’re in use. Obviously, there is a carbon footprint impact on the power stations that produce the electricity to charge them, but as electricity producers are finding other ways of producing energy such as wind power and nuclear power. There will soon become a time where electric vehicles will be the only vehicles on the road.
The used cars market has a number of cars for sale that have fully electric engines. Auto dismantlers are having to change the way they work to accommodate these new parts. All new vehicles can be expensive and this is the case with electric vehicles too. Where possible, car dealers, like Kawasaki dealers for example, are offering good discounts for getting people out of their old polluting vehicles and into more modern fuel-efficient zero emission type cars. Manufacturers such as BMW and Nissan have produced electric vehicles that are now on their used car market. Japanese import cars have become more popular before because Japanese manufacturers are producing electric vehicles that are not only high-quality, but also offer a level of reliability that other manufacturers are envious of.
Charging points for hybrid and electric vehicles have become more readily available in most countries around the world. Many employers have put charging bases in their car parks and supermarkets have introduced certain bays primarily for the use of charging electric hybrid vehicles. The manufacturer companies themselves are also making their vehicles more and more capable of travelling further on one charge. Manufactures like BMW offer a range extender in their vehicles, this means that their electric vehicles are capable of going that little bit further.
Getting access to charging points off the grid as it is now is something that potential electric vehicle purchasers were concerned about before they make their purchase. As large amounts of investments have now been put into electric charging points, there are now plenty of options available.
Driverless vehicles are also currently being tested around the world. This technology again is another step forward in producing vehicles that not only produce zero emissions, but are also capable of being navigated by satellite navigation. This therefore means the stress is taken away from the driver. As this technology is starting to develop, the need for greater charging points is becoming more common place in local areas. As the demand increases for the charging points, so does the number of points available.
As mentioned above the technology and automotive industry is changing on a daily basis. We have manufacturers like Tesla that only produce electric vehicles, making inroads into the combustion car market. However, across the world we can see testing taking place of driverless cars and trucks. Although this is relatively new technology, the successes that these companies of these vehicles are having is making this futuristic technology even more common on our roads. It has been reported for many years that the combustion engine will soon cease to exist, once we have a viable option available for the masses. As we look forward, driverless vehicles are more likely be found in the commercial industry, so that they have time to develop and iron out any teething problems before they are rolled out to the general public.
As you can see the future for the automotive industry is going to be very interesting. Gone are the days where manufacturers produce high-performance gas, guzzling vehicles which have a had high carbon footprint. These are now in favour of a more environmentally and cost-effective mode of transport. In a relatively short space of time, we have seen hybrid and electric vehicles come such a long way that they are now a real alternative to cars of the past. They are packed with technology that modern motorists now come to expect, along with safety features that are new to the industry. If we are buying into this technology en masse, then the pollutants that have been generated over many years and many decades previously will dramatically reduce.