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The ICE (internal combustion engine) cut-off date is 2040, 21 years away.
While it sounds and is a long way off, it gives car makers, home owners, vehicle owners, battery makers and inventors all get up to speed… pardon the pun.
Currently if everyone had an EV today then it’d be chaos, the charging and the entire electricity infrastructure isn’t ready, but in 21 years time it will be, and it had better be.
Some of the ways we are moving forward are energy storage, such as home storage batteries like the Tesla power wall and large scale like the Australian gigawatt storage.
Now storage is all well and good, but getting the power distribution right is also as important, Qualcomm are currently working on inductive charging while you drive.
But to be honest, this is probably only a short term issue, once battery technology improves, and it will, then this system will almost certainly become redundant, but still it’s an awesome idea, imagine if you will being stuck at traffic lights, but while you’re there you’re getting a free charge. It may not be much, it might only add a mile or two to the overall distance you can go, but a sequence of these could seriously stack up.
Plus of course there’s the lamppost chargers for those unable to charge at home because they don’t have a driveway.
Yet another way of charging and storing energy is pavegen, you can charge up just by walking around you town centre.
While the current feed-in tarrif is about to end and home electricity generation will no longer be profitable, it doesn’t mean owning photo voltaics is useless, it’s still cheaper than it was 5 years ago, generates more power and along with a power wall of some description will still benefit long term. So then add into the mix an electric car and you could charge it and run it even less than it costs today.
The future will only see more innovation and reduced costs to owning, charging and using an EV. Love them or hate them, EV’s are coming.
And of course if you’re the kind that likes to cycle instead of drive, but you’re getting on a bit… then there’s the option of an e-bike. With up to 60 miles range and a lot easier to ride, faster and possibly safer all round, (you’re not slowing down traffic and causing road rage). I have a Carrera Crossfire-E and it’s amazing. Even in a very hilly town like Halifax I can climb any hill without stopping. Not bad for a near 50 year old with 35 years of smoking congesting my lungs.