Auto manufacturers to go green
Amid the race to keep themselves out of the accusation of polluting the environment, they have taken their first step by announcing to go green sooner. Big engines, noises and large fuel guzzling engines will be replaced by electric motors with no noises but the manufacturers promise to give same amount of performance.
Big car makers like Volvo, JLR, VW are going the tesla way. Be it traditional one or the new startups, all are focused on capitalizing the opportunity. Tesla was among the first ones to introduce the electric cars and they are selling a good number.
They are selling in good numbers yet the manufacturers are investing heavily to make a paradigm shift in the stream. Governments are also helping to idealize the situation by stiffing the emission norms, subsidizing electric vehicles, and marking a deadline for the sale of petrol & diesel cars.
Some of the large manufacturers like Volvo, VW group, JLR have already announced that they will pull their hands off the conventional IC engines and will go either hybrid or fully electric. Countries like India, France, Britain has already published their plans to go electric at least by 2030.
Cars like Nissan leaf, Chevy bolt are some of the low cost EV’s and will help to lay the future path for the companies. Recently, Tata group owned JLR showed their plans to go hybrid or electric by 2019 with introduction of models like Range rover and discovery sport 2019.
On the vehicle front, auto makers are also innovating some great features to introduce in their future cars. Porsche Mission E will be powered by two engines with 600 hp & will constitute a wireless charging facility and could be introduced by 2019. VW has shown two concepts which might get a debut, a crossover named I.D and I.D. Buzz. I.D. buzz is the re-introduced electric version of its iconic van.
Similarly, JLR has introduced their first all-electric car – the I-Pace. It has 400-hp and 516-lb.-ft of torque and will reach to 60mph from a halt in 4sec. Surprisingly, Aston martin is also going to be green. It is planning to launch the RapidE sedans and company claims that it will outrun the Teslas in every field. But it would be limited to only 155 cars. This luxury car might cost around $250″,000 and could be introduced in 2019. BMW is already working on the BMW I3, the shrunken tall boy design from the I8. Mercedes-benz, Audi & Volvo will also be introducing their cars soon.
Like in the IC engines segment for the faster cars, Electric segment is also facing the same heat. Rimac, the Croation hypercar manufacturer, is such a company to make one of the fastest electric cars. These cars have made Lambos and Ferraris think about their speeds. Rimac one is one of the famous cars that Richard Hammond crashed, apparently. It has a claimed 0-60mph time of 1.8 secs. That’s too fast, I would say.
Tesla has been named as the valuable car manufacturer in US in 2017. Its not for the number of cars it is selling but due to the fact that it is in a better position to produce all-electric cars to cope up with the upcoming shift in the trends. It has shown its peers that the consumers are interested in driving the EV’s and they also need to offer the same to keep them interested.
If these promises come to bear, the next generation will surely see a shift in trends and could see the EV’s on roads in huge numbers. Shift to EV’s has already commenced with the upsurge of all-electric cars built for masses like the Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla now available. The next few years could see even more evolution in the EV space.