How long do we have until the electric revolution is complete?

Tesla Model SElectric cars have become more and more common over the past decade, with most major manufacturers either having completely electric cars in their line up or hybrid options added to existing cars but how long does the conventional engine have left. Volvo announced their amazing move to a fully electrified line up by 2025 and Tesla are about to release the Model 3, the first truly affordable Tesla. Conventional internal combustion engines are going to become a rarer and rarer site on the roads.

Stratford MF 2017 50The internal combustion engine took over from the horse as the easiest way to travel by road, that was over 100 years ago and lead to the rise in fossil fuels and growing carbon emissions that are slowly killing our planet. The move to the ICE triggered a ticking time bomb that unless we change will kill not only our entire planet but all life on it.

Elon MuskThere are only a few names that will go down in motoring history as game changers, Carl Benz, Henry Ford, Carroll Shelby and now Elon Musk, Musk is one of the first to show the world that the electric car is a viable option. Slowly but surely the world is becoming more confident and the motor industry is providing more and more options, and whilst range is still and issue with time comes change and improvement. It’s highly likely that Tesla will become the next biggest manufacturer or at least the most important.

Jaguar E-Type Barn FindWhen will we never see a ICE car again is the bigger question and an awful long way off because even though there are massive improvements happening every day in the electric car world but there are a large number of car enthusiasts that will cling to their ICE cars till their dying breath, as is their right. Until the rust cancer claims all of the classic cars we will see ICE cars for a long time.

Volvo conceptBut how long will ICE cars be manufactured for? Well Volvo are the first manufacturer to announce a fully electrified future, many manufacturers are likely to wait to see how successful Volvos attempt is before they announce their own electrified futures. I would be surprised if most manufacturers aren’t fully electric by 2050, especially with driverless cars on their way it is highly unlikely a company will succeed with out electrification. It will become ‘old fashioned’ to use a ICE engine in the future, like having a current car using drum brakes or coming without power steering

Legislation is probably one of the only ways to speed electrification along as manufacturers are unlikely to want to invest in electric in a big way until the technology is either cheaper, more efficient or becomes massively successful.

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The Problems with Driverless cars

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Driverless cars are coming there is no way to get around it they are. However there are a number of problems with them that have to be solved first and of course it’s the legality of them. First of all if a driverless car gets into an accident who is at fault you can’t blame the driver because he/she doesn’t exist anymore. You can’t claim on insurance if there is no clear standing of who was at fault. We will just get a series of court cases with people saying: “I don’t know what happened… the car did it” THAT’S NOT HELPFUL.

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Another problem with the Driverless car is the sheer amount of technology in them. I feel sorry for the mechanic who has to service them. Plus due to the amount of technology it seems understandable that service intervals should be more common rather than a yearly MOT. Many different companies are working on the technology from Google to Apple to Ford everybody’s at it, so how can we be sure the technology from different companies interacts in the same way causing a predictable outcome, you can’t. Each company has a different way of doing things and other vehicles don’t understand that vehicles way of thinking.

My final point is if the car does not need a driver, does this mean that the occupant doesn’t need a driving licence. Could you simply send the car to pick up your kids from school while you carry on at home or work? Can you send the car to pick up your shopping and have a shop assistant simply place it in the car for you? All these things need to be sorted along with many more before the Driverless car can really take over.

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However Volvo already have a system in place that means you can simply get out of the car and it will go an hunt for a parking space while you carry on with your day. One flaw in that Volvo once I return from whatever I was doing I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE MY CAR IS. Meaning I have to go hunting for 1 Volvo in a see of streets and car parks. Also say you live in a busy city like London your Volvo could have parked miles away from where you are meaning you not only have to find your car you have to trek all the way to it.

Driverless cars are a deeply flawed medium for the moment I don’t doubt they will come to our roads soon but I think the petrol head has some time to savour the pleasure of speeding down a deserted B road before the computer driven cyborg car takes all the fun out of it.

5 Companies who turned it around

A lot of car companies are boring dull or just plain crap but some of these companies in recent years have turned it around to create actually really good cars. No Hyundai you are not on the list you were crap and you still are crap.

5. Kia

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Kia was always the crappy little Korean car company that made crap boxes like the Rio. However in recent years Kia have turned it around with great little cars like the new Cee’d and with possibilities of seeing the Stinger GT4 Kia shows great signs of making great cars.

4. Citroen

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Cheap cars for the masses this was the aim behind most of Citroens cars in the past that’s how we ended up with the Saxo and no 17 year olds from Essex putting big wheels and chopping the suspension does not make it a good car. But in recent years with their new DS range Citroen has turned it around making some really cool and interesting cars.

3. Volvo

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Volvo aren’t who you’d expect to make great cars, they make safe boxes for you the kids and the dog. But recently with a couple of really nice concepts shown at motor shows they have the opportunity to make some really great cars.

2. Ferrari

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You might expect that all Ferraris are amazing but you’d be wrong, the F430 looked like it had been hit with a frying pan, and the Enzo was a great drive but it was not a looker and don’t get me started on the California. But recently with cars like the 458, the F12 and the LaFerrari (Still a Stupid name) they are finally making pretty cars that are awesome to drive.

1. Skoda

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Skoda were not a good car company they made horrible cars that fell apart and broke down all the time, but since the new Fabia they turned it around, with cars like the Roomster and the Octavia they finally got a great new premium style rather than being Volkswagen’s shitty cousin.