Electric cars are winning ground steadily over traditional fueled cars. The development of EV technology and its supporting framework is being invested in greatly, both in terms of money and science. However, the electric car is nowhere near its final destination yet, much about it is still wanting for improvement. A good prospect is that the question is more about when the EV will function optimally than if improvement is even possible.
Unfortunately, right now there is still much uncertainty about electric cars and how they function and will function in the future. Producers are not yet able to offer clarity on the car’s durability and that of its battery. However, it is certain that when the development of the electric car will be in its final stage, the demand of electric cars will quickly increase. Then, the necessary facilities for electric cars will also increase, such as regular and fast charging stations.
Future of the electric car battery
The electric car battery is the most important feature of electric cars, also because this part is most subject to improvement. The electric battery decides the car’s electric range and the range is currently highly important. Fast charging stations are able to recharge a fully drained electric battery back to 80% in about 30 minutes. However, the distribution of these stations is not optimal yet. Thus, it’s important for an electric car to not be too dependent on charging stations, by having a battery with a high electric range.
The range of electric car batteries that were on the market in 2016 was between 50 and 150 miles (80 and 240 km). For 2017 there are already two vehicles due to be released with an electric range of 215 miles (345 km). These are the Chevrolet Bolt (or Opel Ampera-e) and the Tesla Model 3. Another advantage to these vehicles is that they remain financially competitive with EVs that have a lower electric range.
Electric vehicles are also guaranteed to become cheaper in the future, because electric car battery will become easier and cheaper to develop. By 2025 the current technology used for developing electric batteries is expected to be in its optimal state.
For now it is useful to know that manufacturers of electric cars offer the option to rent the electric car battery for a certain price per month. The advantage is that the current uncertain durability of the battery won’t be of concern to the customer. When the battery shows failure or a quick decrease in battery life, the renting customer will get the battery replaced right away, at no extra costs.
When the customer does choose to buy the car’s battery, the car manufacturer usually offers a warranty of up to 100,000 miles (161,000 km). So, if the battery appears to be faulty before reaching that, the manufacturer will replace the battery at no extra cost.
Future of charging stations
In the future it is certain that there will be many more regular and fast charging stations on the side of the roads. This will greatly improve electric car logistics and demand. At the moment, the greatest disadvantage of driving an EV is that you simply can’t be sure that it will be possible to (quickly) charge your car along the way.
Unfortunately, we can’t yet make specific predictions about the number of fast charging stations in five or ten years. However, in January of 2011 there was a total of 1972 charging stations in the United States. In May 2013 this number had gone up with almost 1000% to 20,138 charging stations.
In 2015 the UK government started experimenting with special car lanes for EVs. These are capable of recharging the electric car driving on it, in the same way that wireless phone recharging works.
The electric car industry is still expected to develop impeccably in the upcoming decade. Consequently, it is expected that many more fast charging stations will sprout. The fast charging stations are the electric car’s best chance of survival in the current automotive world. At the moment it is still mainly focused on traditional fuels. The plain fact is that next to the widespread availability of gas stations, regular charging stations won’t compete. After all, people underway are not likely to be willing to wait for four hours before they are good to go.