Smart electric cars have become very popular in recent times. Such cars that use little to no fuel and produce few to zero emissions are attractive and distinct but that doesn’t necessarily mean the industry is booming.
It is true that more people are buying these cars. It is estimated that around 160,000 new electric vehicles were sold in the United States in 2016, thus resulting in an increase of nearly 40 percent from the prior year. Even with this, around 17.6 million cars, in general, were sold in that same time period. In other words, smart car sales are minuscule in comparison with other traditional vehicles.
There are many problems that are keeping people from buying smart electric cars. Fortunately, there are answers to a number of these problems that could be considered.
The cost to buy a smart electric car is a significant problem. Much of this comes as the battery technology used to power such vehicles is rather costly. Although the average battery pack price has declined by nearly 80 percent in the last six years, it still costs at least $200 per kilowatt-hour to get a battery. With many batteries requiring at least 100kWh of power to operate, it is clearly tough for people to afford electric cars.
Further research and development are required in order to find batteries that can cost less. There is also the option to potentially offer more tax-related incentives or rebates on electric car purchases. Federal tax credits allow people to get as much as $7,500 back on their vehicle purchases. Additional rebates and other incentives could be considered as a means of encouraging people to buy these vehicles.
The battery range levels on some smart electric cars are relatively low. A few cars can go around 100 miles on a full charge although Tesla has designed some models that can run for 200 miles before needing a charge.
This is problematic to many as they are worried that they might be stranded on the road as their vehicles run out of power. Also, some might be concerned that they won’t find proper charging stations on the road when they are trying to travel longer distances.
Plans to develop batteries that can handle more energy could be explored to help alleviate this issue. Batteries that can handle more kilowatt-hours could be developed to increase the overall capacity of different vehicles as they are produced.
The need to get more charging stations set up can be important to consider. Sites like ChargePoint list information on all sorts of charging stations around the United States and Canada, for instance. People are even sharing information on residential chargers that they can rent out through sites like PlugShare.
But even with this, there are worries that some spots might not have charging stations. This comes as not all areas around the country offer charging services. They haven’t considered the future need for such vehicles just yet.
There is always the option to consider allowing for more incentives for businesses and other spaces to install charging stations. This includes different entities taking in tax rebates in exchange for installing such charging spots. There is also the choice to potentially add pay-per-charge stations to business sites to not only add a quality service but also give such a business an added source of income.
Timing For Charges
One significant problem with smart electric cars is that it can take a while for some of them to charge up. Unlike fuel-powered vehicles that can start up immediately after getting enough gas or diesel fuel, an electric vehicle has to spend a few hours at a time to charge up.
This could be resolved with the use of added high-power stations. Also known as superchargers or Level 3 or 4 chargers, such stations work faster to produce energy for vehicles. These use DC energy that works a little faster.
The potential for smart electric cars to become more prominent is certainly strong. The obstacles that are in the way of such vehicles becoming popular are very evident but there is always a chance for the industry to grow if any of these issues are resolved with some sensible ideas.