Why we need to support the electric change.
In this article I am going to discuss my opinion on the change in the automotive industry now and in the near future.
As I start to write this article I will now state that this is my opinion and it includes any factual data I can find.
As we are now clearly seeing, electric cars are becoming more accessible to a wider range of people and countries around the world and that they are now in more ways than one targeting ICE vehicles. Firstly in Norway 54.3% of new cars sold were fully electric in 2020 meaning their sales now make up for 10% of Europe's electric car sales. As we can see certain country are taking the lead in the electric car innovation and it seems to be the successor over ICE vehicles, However this is just one country and many other countries for example the UK's EV sales makes up 6.6% of their new cars sold.
Moving on from sales I will now talk about something a lot of petrolheads like, which is performance and as we all now know with the instant torque delivered from electric motors to the wheels is lighting fast and any 'performance' EV will destroy nearly every ICE vehicle in its path up to 100km/h however unless you want to go up and down dragstrip racing against exotic cars like the Lamborghini Aventador SV* with its gigantic naturally aspirated V12 and putting the owners to shame what else can you do; well at the moment that's really it unless you want to wait for a tesla roadster which stated by Tesla Motors can do 250mph or pay 2 million euros for something like the Pininfarina Battista or Lotus Evija you aren't exactly going to be smashing Nürburgring records or top speed records at the moment. If you have been keeping up with EV news you will have heard of the new Tesla Plaid models which have neck snapping speeds of 0-100km/h in 1.99 seconds and a top speed of 200mph in a family electric sedan which is by far the best performance EV for sale in my opinion but looking at any comments in EV posts on Drivetribe the hat for electric cars isn't decreasing just yet and even myself would've preferred a screaming Ferrari V12 over the silence of a electric motor but here I am writing all of this.
Now I get to the more boring but visible reasons for an EV change - Non renewables. If you listened in Science or Geography classes you will know what I am talking about but for those unsure here is a quick summary. ICE vehicles require petrol/diesel which is made from a type of oil which is crude oil and it is heated up until its boiling point where different gases are separated and oil isn't a infinite resources we can pump out of the ground for 1000s for years it is not like it will 'run out' instantly but according to our rate of extraction it wont be here forever. Moving onto renewable resources which is something like solar or wind this is something that won't run out or go at all it is a always here so using wind or solar pf hydroelectric power we can generate electricity a for a long time and it wont runout or become a resource that is eventually dry up and become unusable. So as you can see it is something that will happen and unless hydrogen and synthetic fuels can be made in a more eco-friendly way not just using fossil fuels.
Credit: Autocar Renault Zoe - best selling EV in Europe
Now I am at the last part of my article talking about my thoughts for the future of ICE's and EV's. As most people know the UK is only letting car manufacturers sell hybrid an electric vehicles after 2030 with an exception for semi trucks etc but we have already seen ford and jaguar stating fully electrifying their line-up but will many other companies follow their lead or keep ICE production until the last car sold? And in America we know Tesla have made the 'semi' and it has crazy performance and a 300 - 500 mile range but how will truck giants like Volvo or Daimler compete with this change? Well its anyone guess but whether you like it or not change is happening...
I am a 14 year old car enthusiast and this is my first article - any comments are greatly appreciated and any arguments on this topic as well.