Just about every single sign is pointing to the electric car revolution, which started a little while ago and is currently in full force, sweeping in and stealing sales from gasoline-powered cars and generating a lot of hype.
10. Saving The Environment
This is arguably the most important aspect of electric cars; they have absolutely no tailpipe emissions. In a lot of ways, global warming and pollution are absolutely wreaking havoc on our planet, and a big contributing factor to that are the emissions coming out of gasoline cars
As electric cars don’t use gasoline and don’t have exhaust pipes, they don’t emit anything, making them a lot kinder to the environment. If electric vehicles become as common on the roads in the coming years as the experts predict, our carbon footprint will be significantly decreased, especially with worldwide governments tightening regulations seemingly by the minute.
9. Minimalist Designs
One of the most important factors that have a say in the range an electric vehicle can achieve is aerodynamics. The airflow over the car must be optimized perfectly to maximize the number of miles the driver can travel on a single electric charge.
The need for stellar aerodynamics combined with the lack of grilles (in most cases) in the front results in very clean overall designs, which has led to quite a few very good-looking electric cars, like the Tesla Model 3 and the Lucid Air, among others.
8. Cool Niche Vehicles
The fact that the car is electric makes it appealing enough to a lot of consumers, which means that automakers are allowed some freedom to produce niche models. This is evident in cars like the newly revealed Alpha Ace, which teams an awesome retro exterior with futuristic tech and a BEV powertrain.
Alongside cars like the Ace, VW is using its all-new MEB dedicated EV platform to bring back the iconic Bus. The concept car named I.D. Buzz, is a very faithful tribute to the original Kombi, combined with some modern and futuristic elements.
7. Breakneck Acceleration
One of the most talked-about characteristics of electric cars is their intoxicating acceleration. As the electric motor produces all of its torque the moment the accelerator pedal is floored, it’s extremely entertaining to do acceleration pulls in an electric car.
Some new electric cars have had truly mind-boggling acceleration, such as the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds, making it faster than some supercars. The Aspark Owl, though still in the prototype stages, has a claimed 0-60 time of 1.6 seconds. Even if the EV in question isn’t a performance car, it can still accelerate faster than most other normal gas-powered cars.
6. Show Off The Latest Tech
Electric vehicles and batteries on their own are pretty high-tech, so it’s only right that automakers use their battery-powered models as a way to showcase all sorts of new and exciting pieces of tech. Tesla is certainly the most notable example of this, with features like Sentry Mode, Dog Mode, Tesla Arcade, and many others.
Other makers like NIO are taking the tech showcase approach a bit differently, with an artificially intelligent assistant named Nomi stuck on the dashboard, that can help you out with a variety of different things during your drive. As well as technology for the driver to interact with, every new EV seems to have a new and creative way of harnessing its power and the way it handles its electric juice.
5. Lower Running Costs
This is an obvious one, and it’s one of the main reasons why electric cars are currently thriving and will continue to thrive; the running costs are very, very cheap. Routine maintenance is very different from gas-powered cars, as electric motors only have one moving part.
4. Better Charging Technology
But, nowadays, charging is a completely different story. Pretty much every new EV has fast charging capabilities, with brands like Tesla having their own proprietary “superchargers.” There are also plenty of publicly accessible fast chargers, that can provide a full tank of juice in a very short time, sometimes even 20 minutes.
3. Converting Classic Cars Into Electric Vehicles
When it comes to tailpipe emissions, classic cars have a pretty bad smoking habit, especially if they’re diesel-powered. To combat this and to keep more classics on the road, a few companies have popped up that provide full EV conversions to some classic cars.
Chevrolet themselves made an electric K5 Blazer for example, with their own electric “crate” motor. More OEMs have also joined in on the fun, including VW, who made their own electric Type 2 Bus. If the Beetle is more your thing, there’s also a full electric conversion for that as well.
2. Reviving Old Models
Even though a lot of enthusiasts are dismayed at automakers refusing to bring back some of their most iconic models, they need not despair. Due to EVs being so appealing to consumers, automakers can revive their old iconic models as battery-powered machines.
Audi, for example, has expressed interest in bringing back the TT as an EV at some point in the future, and even Volkswagen muttered about bringing back the iconic Scirocco as a sporty electric coupe, though the latter abandoned its plans shortly thereafter. There are tons of opportunities for automakers to bring back historic models as electric cars, but one can only hope.
1. Simple & Convenient Home Charging
If public charge stations aren’t really your thing, then there’s always the option to install a home charger. A lot of automakers offer them right out of the box when the car is purchased, but some of these can take several hours to charge your car.
Fortunately, more and more third-party companies seem to be popping up, which allows better solutions to this predicament. With the technology only going forward and not slowing down, it’s only a matter of time before we can have full-on, proper fast chargers in the garage, ready and waiting.
Hidden Bonus – Free Parking
Many cities in the UK are offering free parking in dedicated bays for electric vehicle drivers.
Parts of London are even offering parking permits for electric vehicle drivers. Life’s little perks don’t come much better than that.