Future of Electric vehicles and Plug-in Hybrid vehicles

Glaciers are melting at a rapid pace, temperatures are increasing, ozone is depleting, clean water is becoming a luxury, precious animal species are rarely seen, in short enthalpy of the world in increasing at a rapid pace. Everybody who is concerned about all the above mentioned factors will be extremely exhilarated to know that a new species of electric vehicles is not far away now. This is of great value to those who do not want to add to the damaging world. It is about time that the authorities too take a firm step toward the implementation of changeover from carbon emitting vehicles to new plug-in hybrids and electric cars.

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Some of the predictions related to the plug-in hybrid and electric cars are:

1.  Electric Vehicles will not be cheaper to own or drive, relative to gasoline run vehicles.

Even though driving an electric car will cost a minimal fraction, as compared to using gasoline as fuel but this fact can not be neglected when it comes to paying for the technology itself and the batteries. It is ultimately the money matters which attract an average consumer.

2.  Commercialization is going to be a crucial factor for Electric Vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

Right now a lot of investment has been done from authorities other than the manufacturers to support and introduce electric vehicles but when they come at par or the policy changes, this new breed of vehicles is going to be in trouble.

3.  Subcategories are likely to fill the market, despite the arrival of plug-in hybrids

Even though conventional hybrid vehicle technology is about a decade senior to the new plug-in cars but the plug-in vehicles will take over the roads. Hybrid technology doesn’t stop here, they have diversified technologies to offer such as the micro, mild and full hybrid systems to achieve different stages of fuel efficiency.

Plug-in hybrid vehicles designed and manufactured right now have to capability to travel approximately 30 miles on one time charging only, whereas an average vehicle owner drives 13,000 miles per year. Apart from their 30 miles average the consumer will not be comfortable with the initial cost of the vehicle. To increase their popularity and customers, hybrid vehicles manufacturers will have to come up with modified range with smaller and less costly battery packs.

Some of the other factors that need consideration are:

  • Battery Swapping
  • Commercial electric vehicle charging stations and
  • Vehicle-to-grid

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