The future

of cars is electric

The concept for the electric powered car has been around since 1832.  Cost, design, and practicality have all been limiting factors in vehicle demand. In 1908, Henry Ford came out with the Model T.  It was a gas powered vehicle that accelerated in popularity. This automobile was cost efficient to produce, thanks to Henry Ford and his assembly line. Therefore, consumers could easily afford it.  Gasoline was widely available in that time. Electricity, however, was mostly relegated to cities. Throughout the years, the automotive industry centered around gas powered cars.

 111 years later, the electric vehicle is making a come-back. Several automobile companies currently produce electric cars for everyday use, including Chevrolet, GM, Tesla, Ford, and Nissan.  Global awareness of limited fossil fuels, increased access to charging stations, and lower sticker prices are all reasons that drivers are taking a second look at electric cars. New and sleek designs will also help bolster their sales. This is especially true for Ford enthusiasts who can help the environment without sacrificing speed or pony power.  

How does the EPA rate electric cars?

The EPA rates electric cars based on the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) required for the car to drive 100 miles, which they convert to a “miles-per-gallon equivalent” (MPGe). Electric Vehicles (EVs) convert approximately 59 to 62 percent of the electrical energy that they receive from the grid into wheel power. Many new electric cars are getting from 70 to 135 MPGe on the market. You can use the US Fuel Economy Department’s website to identify and compare kWh/100 miles and MPGe scores for all electric vehicles on the U.S. market. Here are two exciting electrical vehicles announced within the last month that will change the automobile landscape forever.

Tesla’s Cybertruck

Tesla has created affordable and attractive electrical vehicles, such as the Model S. Its latest vehicle, the Cybertruck, unveiled in November of 2019, looks like something from a cartoon.  It boasts lithium ion batteries, self-driving software and hardware, and a solar roof option to help boost the Cybertruck. The automobile is made of the same stainless steel alloy used at SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space exploration company. Tesla’s Cybertruck is likely to be less efficient than the available electric passenger cars because of its weight and size. However, the inherent efficiency of electric motors and the Cybertruck’s aerodynamics are substantially better compared to other, non-electric trucks.

Ford’s 2021 Mustang Mach-E

 Ford announced the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E in November 2019 as well. The company chose this vehicle to carry the Mustang brand name because they wanted to make a vehicle that has a lot of speed, yet no emissions. The Mach-E goes from 0-60 mph in just over 3 seconds.  It has a driving range that goes up to 300 miles. There are two available battery sizes and either rear or all-wheel drive options. Also, every model has fast-charging capability. This company will have the largest charging network in the United States—even larger than Tesla. Even though this model will not come out until late 2020, this is another sign that the electric car is here to stay.

EV adoption rates rise as concerns about fossil fuels and climate change grow.  As vehicle power and ranges increase, yet their sticker prices continually become more affordable to the mass consumer. The future of electric cars and the increase of sustainable products continue to help preserve our environment for generations to come.