Why aren’t we all driving electric cars?

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9th November 2018 M. Team

The electric cars are the future: Every day, more and more drivers and potential buyers know it. But, why is the electric car market constantly growing but has not yet completely replaced the obsolete energy systems?

In 10 years we will all drive electric cars, according to statistics and forecasts in the medium term.

Who shortened time and have already bought an electric car, will say they have done it mainly for ambiental reasons. The advantages of having and driving an electric car do not end only with this important reason.

The advantages of choosing an electric car, compared to a traditional one, are many: lower maintenance costs, the administration is cheaper and the performance is not diminished over time.

However, there is an obstacle to overcome to adopt an electric car: the high cost of new cars.

Electric vehicles still have a cost of about 25% more, compared to a traditional one. For this reason, for the moment, the electric cars represent only a fraction of the car sales of this period.

In Australia, for example, in the last year only 2000 electric vehicles were sold, equivalent to only 0.2% of new sales.

The situation is similar with the electric vehicles that actually circulate on the street: in Australia they are approximately 8000.

In addition to the cost of buying a new car, another obstacle to electric cars is the public perception of reliability. Most people do not drive more than 50 km a day, but many fear not having enough energy available.

This concern is absolutely wrong: on average, the new electric cars have an autonomy from 150 to 350 km. Having an electric car requires a bit more planning, but it’s still manageable.

The network of recharging stations is expanding and the times are being progressively reduced. Some models are fully charged from 0% to 100% in less than an hour.

The number of mobile applications to search for recharging stations is also increasing, reducing the eventual problems of traveling longer distances.

The role of administrations and governments is very important in the development of the electric car industry. Many countries are announcing plans to phase out the sale of diesel and gasoline cars and establish incentives for buyers of green vehicles.

In Australia, a study was conducted to analyze the impact of the change to electric cars in the national economy.

The result of the impact of a growth of approximately 10% in the acquisition of electric vehicles in 2030 would generate a reduction of about 1000 companies and more than 3000 job losses in the automotive industry.

In other words, as electric cars require less maintenance, mechanics could lose their job: there is no combustion system, there is no cooling system, there is no transmission system and there is no exhaust system.

This is an important change: it is essential to be ready and act accordingly.