The Future for Electric Cars
While electric vehicles still represent a very small percentage of global car sales, automotive companies have made significant investments in them. As governments move to increase emissions standards, even traditional manufacturers anticipate electric vehicles playing a big role in the near future.
In recent years, auto companies are making significant investments in electric cars. Both new and traditional car manufacturers plan to release electric vehicles in the coming years. Some of the vehicles have specs and tech features that exceed most gas-powered cars.
With the increasing demand for electric cars in the future, cobalt — an essential ingredient in lithium-ion batteries that power millions of smartphones as well as plug-in electric cars is becoming high in demand globally. The majority of the world’s cobalt production is concentrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where in many cases children work in hazardous conditions mining the metal. As a result, cobalt has also become a source of serious ethical and economic concerns. Tesla, an American company that specializes in electric vehicles, energy storage and solar panel manufacturing has pledged to not take cobalt from child labor. However it can be hard to track the metal’s origination once it has reached the end of the supply chain.
Electric vehicles, has similar look like the ordinary petrol and diesel cars, which have the form designed to be optimally aerodynamic, ergonomic and safe. Below are some of the electric cars which will be made available in near future:-
Jaguar will release its first fully-electric vehicle, the I-Pace, in 2018. The car will pack 400 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque, and the ability to go from 0-60 mph in about four seconds.
Porsche’s Mission E will hit the market by the end of 2019 and may start around $75,000. The car will pack two engines, 600 horsepower, and the ability to charge by sitting above a charging plate.
Volkswagen will release its I.D. crossover SUV, which the company plans to release in 2020. Volkswagen has said the car will be able to drive autonomously after being activated through voice control.
Mercedes-Benz plans to sell electric versions of all of its models by 2022 and has said a production version of its Concept EQ SUV will be available by the end of the decade. The car’s interior seems like it may take advantage of Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX interface that features advanced voice control and 3-D touchscreens.
Nissan hopes to have the self-driving technology for its electric, autonomous IDS ready by 2020, which means we could see the IDS by 2025. Drivers will have the option to drive the car manually or have it drive autonomously. In its autonomous driving mode, the steering wheel folds into the dashboard and is replaced by a tablet that can be used to control an enormous touchscreen.