The carbon footprint associated with the automotive industry has grown to a significant extent over the years, making the industry one of the biggest contributors to environmental damage. One of the biggest eco-friendly solutions in the automotive industry, electric vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles, does exist. But for years, limitations in engine efficiency and battery backup have held back electric vehicles from making a significant impact in the eco-friendly solutions territory.
However, the good news is, improvements in the technological side of things have given the much-needed boost to the adoption and popularity of eco-friendly vehicles over the years. Many leading automobile companies all around the world have made significant contributions to make improvements in electric vehicles.
It’s also interesting to note that the sales figures for electric vehicles have been on the upward trajectory. This largely has got to do with the introduction of newer features that not just improve engine performance and efficiency but also take user experience on a whole new level. But the race to develop innovative features hasn’t come to a halt yet; 2020 will witness the introduction of innovative features as well as improvements in some of the existing ones. What are they you ask? Check out the interesting read below:
Intelligent monitoring systems
Maintenance and repairs are two of the most troublesome issues that many car owners face all over the world. From repairing miscellaneous vehicle parts to performing timely maintenance of the engine, transmission, and suspension units, car owners inevitably have to bear extra expenses in keeping their vehicles in the best shape possible.
However, in a couple of years of time, car owners will be able to steer clear of such issues. This will be made possible by the integration of disruptive technologies such as IoT (internet of things) and machine learning. These types of new-generation technologies will be programmed and calibrated to monitor different parts of the eco-friendly vehicles via sensors and send the feed to intelligent algorithms in real-time. This will help drivers get up-to-date information which, in turn, will help them make informed decisions and lower the risk of repairs and expensive maintenance. Intelligent monitoring systems will be helpful for increasing the safety of electric vehicles as well.
Improvements in the lightweight body design of eco-friendly vehicles
The overall bodyweight of vehicles plays an important role in determining the efficiency of the engines. This is true with eco-friendly cars and all the types of vehicles; the heavier the body weight, the more load it is for the engine to take in. Some of the renowned automobile companies have been consistently working on lowering the bodyweight of their vehicles over the years.
This year, the electric vehicle segment is speculated to witness significant improvements in body weight drops. Automakers are speculated to achieve this feat by using lightweight materials such as polymer composite, carbon fibre, aluminum alloys, magnesium alloys, and high-strength steel in the body and engine component of eco-friendly cars, crossovers, SUVs, MUVs, and pickup trucks.
Faster charging and improved charge retention
As of now, owners of eco-friendly electric vehicles in India and some of the other developing countries do not have the facility of outdoor charging as there are no public charging stations available. Although governments have planned several initiatives to build public electric vehicle charging stations, the current situation urges automakers to make improvements in the charging and battery backup area in order to improve drivetrain efficiency and user experience.
Therefore, it is safe to say that the charging and charge retention areas will see significant improvements within this year or next year. In fact, some of the major vehicle companies have already started rolling out fast charging features in some of the electric vehicle models. Electric vehicles are highly benefiting from improvements in battery technology.
Some of the major automakers have made the move towards nickel-based systems from conventional cobalt dependency. Apart from having a higher energy density and longer working life, nickel-based battery cathodes cost less than cobalt cathodes. The lower cost of nickel cathodes will, in turn, help automakers lower the price of their electric vehicle models to some extent. According to a report, world-renowned electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has plans to launch a new type of battery that costs low as well as last for a long period of time. The company has plans to integrate the new type of battery in its Model 3 sedan in China this year.
Newer energy-efficient computer controls
In this year and the upcoming year, electric vehicles will see significant improvements in computer controls as well. Not only will the newer computer systems be more accurate in terms of functions, but they will also be designed to become more energy efficient with the use of materials that have high conductivity.
Also, a large section of the computer controls will be automated with the help of disruptive technologies such as data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. This, in turn, will significantly lower the need for drivers to manually interact with the digital instrument consoles. Improvements in virtual assistant technologies such as voice recognition and natural language processing will help improve drivers’ interaction with the infotainment system of newer electric vehicles. In fact, significant improvements in technological features are predicted to be one of the biggest electric eco-friendly cars’ benefits.
And that’s a wrap!
Did you find the read interesting and informative? If yes, do make sure to stay tuned as we will be posting more interesting reads. And lastly, to come to conclusion with this write-up, we have listed some of the top electric vehicles that are highly popular in 2020.
Check out these eco-friendly vehicles’ names:
- Tesla Model 3
- Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Porsche Taycan
- Audi E-Tron
- Tesla Model S Performance
- Nissan Leaf
- Volkswagen ID3 Hyundai Kona electric
- Mercedes Benz EQC
- BMW i3
- Honda e
These electric vehicle models have been made available in international markets. However, it’s worth noting that some of the features, mileage specs, and engine capacity of these models vary from one market to another.