Top 6 Reasons That Are Stopping the Electric Vehicles From Going Mainstream

Technology has been advancing rapidly in the recent past. In the automobile industry, things have been getting better and better with every day that unfolds.  Electric and hybrid vehicles have now come up with features that are advanced, and you just can’t restrain yourself from. They have high-end performance ability that outperforms the fuel-driven vehicles and rivals. Recently, there was the big announcement from the Faraday as they unveiled an electric car that will only take 2.39 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 97km/h. This is just the beginning; there are numerous other things that electric vehicles will bring along. However, there are still some slight setbacks that stopping the electric vehicles from going mainstream.

BMW Electric Vehicle

Battery cost

Although for the past few years battery cost has been dropping, this is still one of the main reasons electric cars are yet to go mainstream. Once the battery cost hits the $150/kWh mark, then electric vehicles will start becoming as convenient as their petrol and diesel driven cars. Batteries are the main source of power for the electric cars. Therefore improving on its cost, will give consumers reasons to invest in this type of vehicles than the others. Some top models such as GM and Tesla are already taking their designs to the mainstream in anticipation of demand.
Electric Battery Cost

Charging station

Electric vehicles need to be occasionally charged. If you are on the road, and your battery loses charge, then the right thing is to get a charging station nearer. As petrol and diesel stations are widely spread, so should be the charging stations for electric vehicles. This, therefore, has been the main drawback for electric vehicles. However, the problem is getting addressed, and several charging places have been coming up in various public places, shops, and workplaces to ensure that you enjoy the ride with minimum hardships.

Manufacturer’s improvement

Electric vehicles were introduced to the market in 2010 with only two models available back then. In 2016, the number went high to at least 25 models. The number is expected to in the next three years. Although this is a good move towards electric vehicle innovation, still it’s a big problem for the market. There are several buyers out there willing to try out this new machine, but they are not able to do so due to the development speed.

Healthy benefits

Electric vehicles are predicted to be the next generational cars with less environmental pollution.  The fact that they don’t use petrol or diesel means they don’t produce any hazardous chemicals while on the move. There is much debate about how “green” electric vehicles are because of the carbon footprint for producing lithium ion batteries and electricity generation. One thing is not debatable, it’s that electric vehicles emit no carcinogenic and toxic exhaust in the local air that people are likely to breath in. Electric vehicles are also quieter than diesel and petrol fueled vehicles, therefore, minimizing noise pollution too.

Affordability

Overall the reasons why electric vehicles are not getting mainstream, their price is a key factor. The cost of the vehicles, depends on the range and battery performance. However, the market today has several different models of electric cars that meet the everyday demands with flexible range options.

Accessories

This is another main reason for the prolonged setback in the innovation market. Finding some of these Porsche accessories is not an easy task. Once you buy an electric car and you can get a spare in times of emergency has been putting most buyers away. However, the manufacturers have been working to ensure that once their models are thoroughly tested and certified, they will have sparsely distributed among several sellers to make sure that all their consumers can access them with minimum hustle.

With all these things in place, then electric vehicles will be ready to replace the automobile industry. Electric cars are safe and convenient. They are the best way of keeping our roads safe once again. They are the best way to define the technological progress in the universe. The automobile industry will additionally make the most out of this innovation with a higher profit rate over few years.

 

Richard Hammond Talks About His Rimac Concept_One Accident Switzerland

Following the accident involving the Concept_One driven by Richard Hammond of The Grand Tour at Hemberg Hillclimb on 10th June, an exclusive interview with Richard Hammond and Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac Automobili is now available to watch on DriveTribe.

The interview offers Richard and Mate’s versions of event, providing detailed analysis using exclusive images and data not currently in the public domain. This brand new data shows that the car reached a speed of over 210km/h during Richard’s lap and then traveled over 110 metres once it left the track. Both Richard and Mate agree that despite the severity of the crash, Richard’s injuries were minimal, highlighting the structural integrity of the car.

From: Rimac Automobili

Good to see he is doing ok on Instagram:

First Spy Footage of the Tesla Model 3

New photos of the Tesla Model 3 — the most anticipated electric car of the decade, if not all time — have been leaked by You You Xue, who claimed on Reddit that Xue came across the new model randomly in San Matteo, and “jumped straight out of the car and started snapping photos!” The car is due to be launched sometime this year.

Tesla Model 3Tesla Model 3. You You Xue @youyouxue/Reddit

Tesla has been extremely secretive about the project, going as far as to camouflage and cover the vehicle in every road test it has conducted to date.

Tesla Model 3Tesla Model 3. You You Xue @youyouxue/Reddit

The photos show us the interior of Tesla’s upcoming vehicle, including its dashboard with a 43-cm (17-inch) display, the steering wheel, charging ports, and wheels.

Tesla Model 3Tesla Model 3. You You Xue @youyouxue/Reddit

This has been the latest piece of information in a series of exciting updates concerning the Model 3. We know what the robots that will build the cars look like, that it will have an updated autonomous mode, and that production of the battery cell has begun at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.

Tesla Model 3Tesla Model 3. You You Xue @youyouxue/Reddit

At this point, 2017 looks to be the year of Elon Musk, who is pushing the boundaries of almost any industry he enters: from space rockets, to solar panels, to autonomous vehicles — the sky seems to be the limit for the modern technological prophet.

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A Porsche Tries to Keep Up With a Tesla

In a trending video, a Porsche Cayman tries to follow a Tesla Model S in ludicrous mode, which can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds. The electronic stability control of the Tesla Model S is demonstrated here. The electric motor and differential immediately respond to variations in conditions much quicker than an internal combustion engine can.

Model S Traction Control is designed to ensure maximum contact between the road and the tires. Whether you are accelerating off the line, zooming along the winding roads of the Rockies or find yourself in a Gulf Coast rainstorm, Traction Control prevents loss of traction and maintains control. Stability Control reacts in moments of under-steer or over-steer by reducing torque and applying the brakes to individual wheels for enhanced control when cornering. -Tesla Motors

See for yourself if the Porsche can keep up!

How Does an Electric Car Work? | Tesla Model S

Learn Engineering recently made a very informative video about how an electric car works. It is pretty in depth, but you don’t need a physics or engineering degree to understand it. Electric vehicles are simple.  They really only depend on a few major components less moving parts than and ICE engine. The video above details the main parts of a typical all-electric drive train.

1. The Telsa Model S has an induction motor with a stator and a rotor. The stator is the stationary part of an electric generator or electric motor. The non-stationary part on an electric motor is the rotor. The stator conducts and alternating current which creates a rotating magnetic field. This induces the rotor to rotate along with it. The frequency of the AC power supply directly correlates to the speed of the rotor, and thus the car. The motor speed can range from 0 to 18,000 rpm and the motor works efficiently at any speed range. An internal combustion vehicle produces usable torque and power at a limited speed range, which is why an IC engine needs a transmission. A piston powered engine also must convert linear motion to rotational motion therefore it also needs many components to convert and balance forces.

2. The inverter acts as the brain of the car because it is in charge of converting the direct current (DC) output from the batteries to AC output for the induction motor. The inverter controls the alternating current frequency, which, as you remember, controls the speed of the motor.

3. The battery of a Tesla Model S is a huge collection of tiny lithium ion batteries situated in “packs” lining the underside of the car. This aids in the vehicles low center of gravity. Tesla chose to basically just fill the packs with tiny cells rather than a few giant batteries because smaller cells can be more efficiently cooled. Heat is a major limiting factor in battery function.

4. The Tesla Model S uses a single speed transmission. Because of the nature of an electric motor, electric vehicles don’t require multiple gears to maintain torque. Also electric vehicles reverse by simply reversing the power phase of the AC current to the motor.

5. Like in most electric cars today, the Tesla Model S has regenerative braking. As soon as you lift the gas, the car will slow down as if by engine compression in an internal combustion car. But the key difference here is that energy is not lost to heat and friction, but recaptured in an electric car. The induction motor becomes a generator when the Tesla slows down. It accomplishes this when the rotor speed becomes faster than the rotating magnetic field. The generated electricity goes to the inverted and then the battery pack.

There you have it.  The Tesla Model S follows the same basic setup as most electric vehicles, with its own unique, proprietary twists that have made it the most popular electric car out there today.  With a few basic components, less moving parts, and less friction, electric vehicles are more simple and reliable than traditional internal combustion autos.  They are also better suited for future automation capability and, of course, better for the environment, especially as cities move to low carbon electricity generation.  Some day the internal combustion vehicle may become like the mechanical watch in an Apple Watch era.

Electric Vehicle Ownership is on the Rise, Tesla Dominates the Market

Via Teslanomics:

As sustainability becomes increasingly important to car owners, more and more people are exploring purchasing an electric vehicle. As a result, EV sales in the U.S. are soaring. In week’s episode, we explore the electric vehicle sales market, including its overall change, plugins vs. batteries as well as the Model 3 and Tesla overall.

Diving into the data, electric vehicle sales were up 47% in Q1. This is a big leap for electric vehicle sales, especially when you compare it to overall vehicle sales – a market that isn’t doing so hot. This suggests a tread towards more sustainable forms of transportation, including both plug-in electric vehicles and battery plug-in EVs, like a Tesla.

Tesla dominates the battery electric vehicle (BEV) category – accounting for half of all electric vehicle sales in Q1. From January – March, 40,7000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the US. These sales have been driven largely by longer range EVs coming to market, like the Chevy Bolt. With the release of the Tesla Model 3, the Nissan Leaf and similar vehicles coming to market, sales will likely continue to trend upwards, especially as affordability and accessibility also increases.

Worldwide the overall growth of electric vehicles sales was 72%, with China leading the way with a 140% jump in EV sales. While the numbers in the US aren’t as strong, the significant jump in Q1 shows the increasing desirability of electric vehicles in the US.

The Tesla Model 3 has a lot to do with EVs popularity in 2017. EV Volumes are predicting that 50,000 Model 3 will be delivered in the US this year. From a production standpoint, Tesla recently reported that they’ll be producing approximately 5,000 per week – putting them in good shape to meet the demand.

A big question about the Model 3, and one that you’ve asked me, is: what about the tax credit? According to Clean Technica, it’s likely that anyone who purchased a Tesla this year will receive the $7,500 tax credit. But it’s important to remember that after 200,000 Teslas are sold, the phase out begins. I dove deeper into the electric vehicle tax credit in a previous video, you can learn more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWHgB…

As I previously mentioned, Tesla dominates US electric vehicle sales. When you combine the Model S and Model X, Tesla accounted for nearly 48% of US BEV sales. This is huge! There isn’t really any other industry where one brand dominates the market so highly. And looking forward, while the other players will make an impact, Tesla is likely to continue ruling the electric vehicle market.

You can check out the sources I mentioned via the links below.
http://www.ev-volumes.com/news/usa-pl…
https://cleantechnica.com/2017/01/20/…

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