It’s been a long time coming but electric vehicles – EVs – will soon reach a tipping point and start to overtake petrol cars. But for that to happen a great leap forward is needed in range and battery technology.
The race is on.
In January this year we heard a slew of announcements about forthcoming EVs. Every car maker is jumping onto the EV bandwagon. GM announced the Chevrolet Bolt, rolling off the production line in 2017. Nissan has announced the Gen II Leaf which we’ll see in 2018. And Ford are working on the Model E which I expect in 2019.
And that’s not to mention the ludicrously brilliant Tesla range already in production.
But the problem remains – range. 200 miles (the current de facto standard) is simply not good enough. Those in the business refer to ‘range anxiety’, that dreaded feeling you get when you don’t know whether you’ll make it to the next charging station before you run out of juice.