Electric Cars – The Car Of The Future?

In the early 90s, electric cars were the stuff of electric dreams, but by 1997 Toyota was introducing the hybrid electric car known as a Toyota Prius and they very quickly became a common sight on our roads (particularly in Los Angeles!). It took other manufacturers awhile to catch on, but it is expected that over the next few years, many more electric cars will be introduced by a variety of car manufacturers.

Mainstream manufacturers like Vauxhall and Ford are planning on introducing their first electric cars as early as 2013, while Peugeot, Citroen and Renault have already introduced their first electric car offerings and are working on expanding their range, and improving the performance of their electric cars.

There have been many problems along the way with electric cars. The biggest problem at the moment is the range. A lot of these cars have only got 100 mile radius and then a nine hour plus recharge time. This has obviously limited the sales of the vehicles already out in the market place. Can you imagine how long it would take you to drive to Scotland from London if you had to take a nine hour break from driving every hour?! And you would also have to take a circuitous route to make sure you reached a charging point at the end of that 100 miles. Not the most convenient of vehicles if you need to do more than make short journeys around town!

There is another bigger problem than the range of an electric car and that is the noise. Electric vehicles are almost silent and this is a massive problem to visually impaired. A global standard noise is to be created to ensure that all electric vehicles sound the same. Whilst this has not been approved as yet the work is already in production. Steve Levine is leading music producer and his talents would usually be targeted towards chart music. Whilst Steve was doing the research in to the preferred sounds of the electric vehicle most people preferred it to sound much the same as a normal petrol or diesel car. Importantly the people questioned would also want to hear gear changes so the engine note was not a constant sound! These electric engines are enclosed so car servicing in the traditional sense will not be required although I am sure these vehicles will still require annual checks of some sort, as there are still a large amount of moving parts to consider.