We have all heard about autonomous cars making a comeback this decade. They will be cars that drive themselves, nobody at the wheel and available for us whenever we need them. That is the ideal. We also know that a lot of cars are going to become electric this decade, as a way to save the planet’s resources and use elements that aren’t so damaging. So are electric cars the future?
Beyond the subjective questions – like what needs to happen for each respondent to decide for themselves to switch to using an electric vehicle, the respondents in a recent survey were asked about their clearly unscientific assessments about the rate of technology penetration in the world. On average, car owners believe that they themselves will consider purchasing an electric car in three years, towards 2024, but they believe (on average) that only in 2030 will the car industry cross the turning point and most new cars sold in the world will be electric. Of course the average, by its very nature, misses the differences between all the countries surveyed, and in some countries governments act faster than in others, as well as in a more determined and effective manner. Car owners in India, for example, will consider buying an electric car as early as 2022, that is, in a little over a year, while the Chinese – who are actually leading the revolution, answered that they believe it will only happen a year later.
Charging infrastructure: The egg and chicken problem
Many of the respondents in a recent study actually rated the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles as the most important critical challenge for them. Seventy percent of respondents believe that the turning point for an electric vehicle will exist only after their national charging infrastructure is available to them at least as much as existing gas stations. However, by 2030, will this not be a problem anymore? It is rather ambitious but electric cars do seem to have quite a few benefits; one of which they claim is financial.
Selection of vehicles: Wanting to diversify
A selection of electric vehicle models is indeed a less important barrier for most, but precisely in terms of fleet managers this is currently perceived as the second most important factor on the way to the turning point. In total, more than half of the respondents indicated that they would consider switching to an electric vehicle only when they found a model equivalent to their favorite vehicle. They can still look at changing their tyres and painting their exteriors. Platinum Wheel Repairs are important to ensure the safety of any car.
One of the important challenges facing anyone today is to help customers understand that most barriers that are perceived by them as separating them from switching to an electric vehicle are likely to be removed much earlier than they think. An electric car on its own is certainly a big purchase but it is a very valuable investment that will serve you well into the coming decade.
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