Future electric cars will be competing with a few
other technologies for market share. Other future vehicles powered
by hydrogen, biofuels, air, nitrogen and even nuclear power may
one day compete with electric cars.
Electric cars already have a proven track record for success,
albeit a limited one.
If you've seen the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car"
you'll already know that General Motors introduced the EV1 as a
lease vehicle only to recall it and crush it because of a dispute
with the California Air Resources Board.
The past electric cars have had limited range and have taken hours
to recharge. Future electric cars, however, may change all of this.
Tesla Motors, Zap and Phoenix Motorcars are developing electric
vehicles that address some of these shortcomings.
Of particular note are the electric sport utility trucks being
tested by Phoenix Motorcars that reportedly only take 10 minutes
to recharge and have a range of over 200 miles per charge. Future
electric cars most likely will carry lithium-ion phosphate (LiFePO4)
batteries that are now becoming popular in other countries.
The LiFePO4 batteries are rechargeable and powerful and already
being used in electric bikes and scooters. Electric cars will most
likely adopt this technology in the future.
Another technology for future electric cars that is likely is the
increased use of supercapacitors and ultracapacitors for storing
and delivering electrical charge. Many of these batteries are currently
being used in conjunction with hybrid car prototypes, so expect
to see these in the electric car future markets as well.
If the developers of future electric cars can create vehicles with
a range of 300 miles per charge, a charging time of 5 - 10 minutes
and a high degree of safety in operating the vehicles, the market
is wide open for them. Contrary to faulty initial market research,
customers have shown a willingness to plug in their vehicles during
the night and off-peak hours if it will mean saving dollars at the
Expect to see many more future electric car model being introduced
in the next couple of years. Rumor has it that GM will also unveil
an electric vehicle prototype late in 2007.
Written by Kevin Lepton