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How do you think we'll adopt EVs into our everyday lives?

Here's what I think will be the best way

1y ago
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One topic that I have done a fair bit of research into is the future of the electric car. A few months ago I wrote a piece on what the future of EVs could look like and managed to get a small insight from television's James May who seems pretty thrilled about the idea of them becoming the norm and for the Japanese to swoop in and make it even better.

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However, in that I didn't really cover the topic of how we will adopt them into our lives as I spoke more on what it'll be like when they're more popular and how they can become more popular. In this piece I want to try and explore how we will adopt electrically powered cars into our day to day lives without stressing everyone out.

For me it is simple. I think the best way to adopt EVs into our lives is to do it gradually, we all know that. It wouldn't be viable for us all to switch to EVs in one go, the world simply isn't ready. So one way in which we could do it is to have two cars. One car would be petrol/diesel or even hybrid and the other would be electric.

This way you could use your EV as the workhorse car. By this I mean the sort of car you take the kids to school in, drive to work in, pick up the shopping. All very mundane everyday tasks but ones which are perfect for an EV, especially when waiting around in traffic as you're not blurting out fumes on to pedestrians legs, unless you vape.

This then means your petrol car (especially for the motoring enthusiast) could be kept as a car you do fun little days out in, take for a spin round a b-road or take out to the occasional dinner. This way, you're not using it every day for short journey's where the EV would thrive.

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Image - Tesla

For now, the only real downside is if you wanted to do a lot of long trips or you are required to with work. Let's say you had to drive more than a hundred miles to get to work and had no charging points for whatever reason then you may be better off with a petrol car...for now. Things will change and develop soon.

Having said that, a lot of people already have one EV and one petrol powered car but the only issue is price. EVs are still much more expensive to get into, so it seems to mostly be a select few middle class families and wealthy influencers who are venturing into that world but as soon as they come cheaper I would love to see much more people joining the party.

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Image - Tesla

It's all very up in the air at the moment as car companies are still grafting away to craft the perfect battery powered vehicles but soon enough it will happen. And when that does happen, I'll be back and will probably ramble on about how much I miss the old days or I might even discuss everyone's favourite charging station on the M4, who knows but for now those are my thoughts and I would love to hear what you have to say on the matter.

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Comments (59)

  • Ever thought that electric cars are not inevitable but are being sold as inevitable?!Like self driving cars. They are not inevitable we’re being told they will be.

    Just a thought

      1 year ago
  • When 500mile range and full charge in under 5min happens more will be interested. It’s coming.

    As for overall adoption it will be slow until there are enough cheap used cars for the masses to pick one up for under $5k.

      1 year ago
    • Kind of depends on what you count as a charge. I definitely spend less than 10 seconds per day charging my car (Chevy Bolt), just 5 seconds plugging it in (And another 5 unplugging) and that car takes care of the rest as I go to spend time with the...

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        1 year ago
    • Love to hear from the electric owner crowd. Thanks for sharing. I would love to read more pieces on daily life with an EV.

        1 year ago
  • By not buying th-oh, wait, these are EVs, not self driving cars...I like EVs especially the Taycan and the hypercars!

      1 year ago
    • I got to drive a Taycan. Incredible engineering. Launch control made my eyes hurt. But that feels like it was built in a lab. Not by mechanics. My take but admittedly Im set in my ways.

        1 year ago
    • Made your eyes hurt.

      That is not one I have heard yet very poignant. Sounds fun!

        1 year ago
  • I use my Model 3 as an everyday car and the hybrid i8 as a more weekendish type vehicle. All of my long trips are going to be done in the Tesla so I can really feel what the future is going to be like being with an EV. So far I have had no real issues other than some dodgy connectors (mainly the company Ecotricity and some Genie Point ones). I carry my cables in the ‘frunk’ (horrible name, it should be called a ‘froot’) and even a converter for Europe. Unfortunately the average EV doesn’t do a lot of mileage... the Tesla isn’t the best option for most people but I reckon they will make a smaller and more affordable vehicle soon. They are already showing that their newer vehicles can do 600 miles per charge which is mind blowing!

      1 year ago
    • That’s a very interesting insight, thanks for sharing. So how many miles do you tend to do a week? Atm might be different due to COVID etc but it would be interesting to know.

      And have you ever experienced the dreaded range anxiety?

        1 year ago
    • Well right now not as many, although I did go to Cornwall a couple of weeks ago where I got to drive a lot more. I noticed the mileage go quicker there due to the terrain. I do smaller journeys right now and charge probably twice per week using my...

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        1 year ago
  • I think we will adapt to electric vehicles and other fuel sources fairly well. I mean back in the teens, electric cars like the Detroit Electric and the Baker were just as popular as the gas powered cars of the time. They were just more expensive and had less range. Although that wasn’t a huge deal back then. Tesla and Vanderhall have really done a good job at solving those issues thanks to new business strategies and modern battery technology.

      1 year ago
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