2018 – the year of the electric car?Gordon
Industry insiders are predicting 2018 to be the tipping point for electric vehicles as the desire for sustainable living increases … so what can we expect in the next year?
As awareness grows in the construction industry about making provisions for a future of EV charging, there’s an urgent call to meet demand with the production of long range electric cars and charging stations to accommodate them.
There are to be a minimum of 6 new EV models released in the next two years. This includes the first production of battery-electric cars from many major car manufacturers, all competing to produce the best and longest-range electric car. The Audi e-tron, BMW i5, Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz EQ and the Porsche Mission E are all set for launch in 2018-19, paving way for an electric vehicle surge.
The cost of driving an electric car is one of the main concerns, however with Tesla’s long-awaited Model 3, the most affordable electric car in their range so far, being rolled out to the public there is potential to open up the niche EV driving market to the masses. Another anticipated model, the new Nissan Leaf, is set to be on sale from February of this year. Leaf 1.0 is the world’s bestselling electric car cumulatively to date, with Nissan recently announcing their 300,000th sale.
Tesla also recently announced that they would be adding a Semi Truck to their range, as well as a Roadster, with both going into production in 2019. CEO Elon Musk said the Tesla roadster would be “the fastest production car ever” made.
Buses are going electric too… they already account for around 10% of U.S. transit agency orders in 2017. In fact, sales of electric buses rose by 40% from 2016 to 2017, and is only set to climb further over the next twelve months, hinting towards the future of transport and the move towards more efficient driving practices.
Further fuelling the demand, the government is having to address the issues surrounding the unsafe amounts of pollution produced by diesel vehicles. In a recent high court meeting current plans to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis were deemed so poor they actually broke the law, signalling the need to reduce emissions dramatically.
The most likely measure to address this? The introduction of charges to deter drivers from ‘clear air zones’ in urban centres. These could be in place as early as next year in London, as well as several other major UK cities. This is likely to put the future of diesel cars in even more jeopardy as people are encouraged to switch to a greener alternative.
With ground-breaking launches looming and an urge to push green initiatives, the motor industry is undoubtedly reaching tipping point. Many in the construction industry are being forced to wonder: Are electric cars the future of driving? It seems the time to prepare for the electric future is, in fact, now.
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