The Exciting Future of Electric Cars

These cars will not only reduce the damage to our environment, but it will come along with more helpful advancements as we are going to learn from this article. Car manufacturers are all up in gear to come up with the best version of these types of cars to eat the competition in the market. This will at long last benefit the customer since they will be spoilt for choice in terms of which cars from what company has better appealing characters suiting their needs.

These vehicles are already in the market already but in selected countries in the world. The real realization of more cars in our streets is expected to be in early 2018. Companies such as General Motors is said to be preparing to release their Chevrolet EV within weeks from now. Nissan is also said to have gearing closer to releasing their EV before 2020.

Volkswagen showcased their electronic car model which they are calling it e-Golf I.D recently in an exhibition in France. It is one of the first one to be produced by their group- Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) that deals specifically electric cars. They are set to release it in 2020 with its reproduction set to begin in 2025.

It is expected to have a 400-600km of range. The I.D electric motor is expected to be placed in the back of the car. This will allow the front while to have a lighter turning circle. The I.D will also have a pilot mode. This means that the car will have an option for self-drive. This will give the driver time to chat with passengers or do other stuff.

Its horsepower will be placed in the rear will have zero emotions and with very little noise which is great for environment preservation.

Amazingly the I.D will have no door mirrors commonly known as a side mirror. It will have an inbuilt camera in the front giving you the picture of how your rear, right and left look like.

The headlights are the one thing that will leave you excited. They look at the driver when approaching and signal when in I.D pilot mode. They will also look at the pedestrians and other road users as well as turning to the direction the car wants to move. Isn’t that amazing? That is the great future we are soon to see.

Benefits of Electric Cars

Electric cars are the new addition to the automobile industry. With technology taking up a pace in today’s era, the automobile industry has also accentuated to the electric models of the car. Although these are not mostly used today hence hybrid cars are also available which work both with electricity and gas. The biggest advantage of using these cars is that they are entirely eco friendly as the carbon emission from vehicles deteriorates the atmosphere by producing greenhouse gases. So, these cars are an excellent choice for stabilizing the environment. Opting for an electric car also begets government subsidies for being environmental conscious.

The very first question which pops up is that what are actually electric cars? Then, these cars are specially designed and installed with rechargeable batteries for functioning. Here are some points you should consider before buying one:

1. No need of gas:

Electric cars run entirely on the rechargeable batteries. So, saves you from gas requirement. Fuel based cars sometimes are not pocket friendly due to the fluctuating fuel prices but with electric ones there’s no need to rely on the fuel at all.

2. It causes saving:

The fuel costs are reduced and so the money can easily be saved. Additionally, government rewards with incentives for going green which can also help you with savings. Most of the vehicle expenditure is undoubtedly on the fuel and electric cars surely rescues you from it.

3. Zero emissions:

As discussed earlier, the carbon emissions are not only harmful for environment but also hazardous to our health. The carbon is major contributor in deteriorating the ozone layer and hence electric cars are environment friendly. With the use of these cars, you will be contributing to going green.

4. Cost effective:

It is believed that electric cars are expensive and cause a lot on your pockets for the overall maintenance but on the contrary these are wholly cost effective. The mass production of batteries and incentives have lowered down the maintenance of such cars.

5. Low noise pollution:

Electric motors which are used in these cars do not produce any noise and tread smoothly on the road. The noises are not produced even at higher acceleration rates. This is a huge benefit because fuel based cars cause a lot of noise pollution as well.

There’s no need to fret over buying one or not. Electric cars are the new generation cars which are loaded with benefits and you can definitely give one a try.

Electric Cars Get More Affordable, Kind Of

Way back in the distant past, perhaps as long ago as last year, prices for electric cars appeared so high that they may have been just for rich people.

Or technologically savvy first adopters. Or both.

Strangely, that’s no longer the case. Electric car prices have dropped. In the case of the Nissan Leaf, the decline has been precipitous. As in ka-boom. According to the link, the base model is $21,300 with an asterisk that says “net value after federal tax savings.”

That federal tax savings could be as much as $7,500, depending on what model is purchased. Still, not bad.

J.Q. Public makes a call

I first heard of this by way of a caller I’ll dub Nathan. His was a random inquiry to the front desk at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District where I work as a grants processor. Normally, those I speak with want to know about grants to replace heavy-duty semi-trucks, the bread and butter of the Incentives Department at the Air District in Fresno, Calif.

But Nathan had something else on his mind.

“Do you still have the grant for electric cars?” he asked. I didn’t know anything about the program, but knowing about this stuff is my job. So I found out. Turns out the District has a Drive Clean rebate program that offers up to $3,000 reimbursement. Hardly insignificant.

Of course, the vehicle must be on the list. The Leaf is. So are others, including the Honda Accord plug-in hybrid, the Chevy Volt with low emissions package and a bunch of others. Some are quite obscure. Spoiler is the applicant must live in the San Joaquin Valley, a sometimes hot region defined as the southern borders of Kern to the northern borders of San Joaquin counties.

Affordability

Whether buying electric is a viable option depends on the person and car. Nathan went over his personal options with me. This is something I’ve become familiar with in the past year as truckers needing to meet California Air Resources Board emissions compliance dates do it all the time. Big question they have to ask themselves: Can I afford this?

After talking with Nathan, he got me believing that he indeed could. It was to be his second car. His wife has a pretty nice economical ride and this would be his work commuter. The Leaf was what he had his eye on. I mentioned the look of the car. I find it less than appealing. He said he’s alright with it.

In addition to the Drive Clean grant, the Center for Sustainable Energy offers another source of funds. This is a state grant through the ARB and can be as much as $2,500. The level depends on the car. For instance, the RAV4 EV from Toyota gets the maximum amount.

Prices

The pricing page of the Nissan Leaf brings my total up to $29,650. But add in the tax savings and other grants and that could drive down the price by $12,000. Maybe. I’m not going to really test the concept.

Still, that’s a pretty good deal for a car that doesn’t need $50 in gas every week or week and a half. That’s what I now pay to keep my Passat on the road. Well, that and a lot of maintenance costs. I just bought new eco-friendly tires for $600 or something like that.

Granted another electric car would be more expensive. The Tesla Model S, for instance, has a base price of $62,400. But that’s a luxury machine, a hot looking car that I’ve been pining over for the past several years. Of course, I’d want the extreme version, the performance package for $87,400.

Electric cars aren’t for everybody, but the prices do appear to be dipping somewhat. Perhaps that will entice more people to take the plunge.