Electric vehicles have been growing in popularity in recent months, we take a look at the big players and how the future of electric vehicles look for us. There are a number of recent developments that look to increase the rate of development and hopefully improve the overall practicality of EV purchases.
Top Electric Vehicles on the Market
In no particular order we take a look at some of the biggest vehicles in the industry and the developments they have brought into the arena.
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is one of the most impressive electric vehicles out on the market at the moment, the model S offers early adopters an EV which outperforms its rivals in terms of outright acceleration. The Tesla Model S boasts an impressive range of up to 310 miles and fantastic acceleration from what is, a 100% electric vehicle. The downside is of course its hefty price-tag!
The Volkswagen e-Golf is a much more affordable alternative to the Tesla range, however you do loose the impressive range that the Tesla showcases, as the e-Golf’s current indicated range is 118 miles. This being said, you maintain Volkswagen’s superb build quality and simple to use nature, and no pesky emissions to worry about!
The BMW i3 is BMW’s contribution to the electric revolution in the form of a sharp & comfortable city car. It does unfortunately have a limited range and being a city car, a smaller boot, which might make it a little less practical. Fortunately BMW’s driving ethos rings true, and the relaxed drive you’d expect is present in the i3.
What’s an Autonomous Vehicle?
An autonomous vehicle is a car with the capability of driving itself by using a range of sensors and GPS to understand its position in relation to the road. Thanks to the vast range of technology available, autonomous vehicles are currently under a huge testing phase across a number of manufacturers, as the race to build the first mainstream autonomous vehicle gets underway.
Admittedly, some manufacturers appear to have a head-start such as Tesla & Google, however the likes of Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz and more are joining the race with a much wider automotive experience, and this shows the potential of developing a truly ground-breaking machine! We look forward to the day when we can simply call our car to come and collect us from the local public house.
The Future of Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles are fast overlapping into the ‘autonomous’ arena, with the likes of Tesla & Google being first to test out their contributions, however recent news may show you that there’s still some work to do. There have been a number of instances where the vehicle’s computers just aren’t a match for human judgement. This is going to be a big challenge for manufacturers, but with General Motors looking to introduce an electric autonomous vehicle, and Ford currently testing their design, once the ‘kinks’ have been ironed out, this could change the motoring industry in the big way.
To be honest, if you’ve got a lot of money then some of the current vehicles on the market may prove to be a great way of getting your environmental badge. For the rest of us, we might need to wait a little longer for vehicle ranges to increase to something a little more sustainable and therefore make a more sound investment. In terms of autonomous vehicles, that will be the real game-changer, and in the next few years we’re likely to see some crucial releases which may reveal the first manufacturer to ‘nail it’, will succeed, as with anything!