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Electric Cars – are they going to take over?

Last updated on March 12, 2018 by Dotsquares

For centuries, people have been trying to perfect the way society uses transportation methods with cars remaining the most favourable option. Though, one big drawback to cars is their unfortunate side effect of producing devastating gas emissions, because of this, as well as now having the technology to do so on a larger scale, many people expect electric cars will eventually take over. Those people are right, in the sense that we will be seeing a lot more on the roads but why and how exactly is this going to happen?

One of the main benefits of having cars powered by electricity is that rather than using fossil fuels, electric cars have an environmentally friendly journey from point A to point B.

Becoming popular amongst the general public when Toyota launched their Prius models, Hybrid cars were long thought to be an appropriate happy medium between petrol and electric utilising both effectively to power the vehicles, but as we are becoming more and more conscious of the impacts of global warming, it’s not enough to be partly electric. So more recently, Tesla pushed the boundaries with a vehicle that solely ran on electricity.

However experts in Japan have their speculations that perhaps the obsession isn’t just hyped because the vehicles are environmentally friendly. Perhaps it is simply the concept of a new type of fuel which is piquing everyone’s interest, however there are some experts in the industry that are overlooking the options of fossil fuels and electricity. Japan for example is conducting studies using hydrogen to power their vehicles promoting fuel cells which uses Hydrogen and Oxygen, to cause a reaction in order to yield electricity and thus power cars.

One expert who is enthusiastic about this greener form of travel is Sir James Dyson, the man who revolutionised vacuum cleaning and is no stranger to electrical or battery powered products, has openly voiced his disagreement with the environmentally unfriendly cars we are familiar with, saying that mainstream cars are polluting the world with diesel emissions. To rectify this, Dyson aims to have his own line of electric cars by 2020.

The influential sports car manufacturers, Porsche, have also stated their enthusiasm for electric powered vehicles, saying that they plan to release their electric ‘Mission E’, a year before Dyson’s attempt, in 2019. Hopefully, this will show the general public, as well as other car companies, that electric cars are not only eco-friendly but can be trendy and stylish too.

The interest in electric cars extends beyond individuals like Dyson or companies like Porsche, and has in fact inspired entire countries like China as well. China particularly is in dire need to go greener as their urban cities are known for being some of the most polluted areas in the world, and the main cause of this pollution is down to their transport. China started producing fully electric modes of transportation last year with over 680,000 vehicles, and hopefully they can keep this up for 2018 as well.

So to conclude, it is influence that seems to be the main factor as to why all-electric is being seen as a more viable option. Musk’s Tesla was the most popular in recent years and since then, influential individuals, businesses and whole countries have endeavoured to make the world a greener place with their electric vehicles. Which means there is hope that we can curb the environmental damage we have been part of over the last century to live on a cleaner and greener Earth.

James Dyson is working on Electric cars:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43236619

Porsche’s electric Mission E car:
https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/02/porsche-plans-for-mission-e-electric-car-will-build-fast-charger-network/

Mission E is coming in 2019:
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/6/17084244/porsche-mission-e-cross-turismo-geneva-motor-show-2018

Hydrogen:
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/583940/Japan-car-giants-team-up-for-hydrogen-stations

680,000 electric vehicles already:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/salvatorebabones/2018/03/06/china-could-be-the-worlds-first-all-electric-vehicle-ecosystem/#3926d824130f