What does the future for EVs hold? Gaze into the crystal ball with us as we lay out general trends in the EV industry.
Can you imagine what the future for electric vehicles (EVs) look like?
It can be hard to predict just how many people will be switching to electric over the upcoming years, but there are a few key statistics that point to a generally promising future for EVs and EV drivers. If current EV trends are of any indication, there are a lot of great developments to look forward to in the upcoming years.
Here are a few trends to look out for regarding the future of EVs.
More places to charge your vehicle
One of the biggest reasons why some people may be reluctant to switch from a gas-powered vehicle to an EV is due to many potential drivers experiencing range anxiety. Range anxiety, or the fear that an EV will run out of power before their destination is reached, is a major concern for most consumers.
In a study conducted by Volvo and Harris Polling, 76% of surveyed drivers believe that EVs are the future of driving. However, 61% of the same pool of respondents will be more likely to purchase an EV if there are more charging stations widely available. Luckily for them, that want may soon become a reality.
President Joe Biden revealed the American Jobs Plan earlier this year, which includes a clause that will build a national network of 500,000 charging stations with an allocated $15 billion investment. This installment will update the frequency that you might see an EV charging station on the road, which will reduce the likelihood that one might experience range anxiety.
Bigger batteries, better technology
In addition to an infrastructure more friendly to EVs, other future developments in technology may reduce range anxiety in drivers.
Already, EV battery technology has improved over the years. For instance, on the high end of battery range, the 2021 Tesla Model S can crank out about 400 miles before needing a charge. Other cars are able to travel a similar range, like the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD which can reach 300 miles. Meanwhile the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt and the 2021 Hyundai Kona boast a range of about 250 miles.
As time goes on and EV technology is developed, battery sizes will get bigger and vehicles will be able to go further.
Introduction of other types of electric vehicles
From electric hypercars to electric trucks, the future of EVs looks pretty bright. If the current compact EVs aren’t the type of vehicle you normally like to drive, know that soon you’ll be able to take larger EVs out on the road.
Marvel at the Bollinger B1, or its sister vehicle the Bollinger B2, which provides a large amount of horsepower that can rival current trucks on the market. Take a gander at Japanese Aspark Owl, which boasts butterfly doors, four-wheel-drive, and a 174 mph top speed — if you can afford its $4 million price tag. Maybe consider the rising electric motorcycle sector and travel across lonely country roads in a slightly more environmentally-friendly way.
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