So, what is the future going to bring us in the automotive sector? Boy are things changing fast, we see all sorts of new technologies, and promises of even more. Still, the sales for all-electrics are not all that good, and whereas, hybrids are selling okay, they are a bit pricey. Yes, for good reason, as they generally have two systems in one or two-partial systems in one. Murphy’s Law predicts that the more complicated your system gets, the more things which can go wrong – sure we all know that makes sense right? Okay let’s talk about the future of hybrids, electrics, and even next generation hydrogen cell if we might?
On October 1, 2013 the Wall Street Journal published an article by Mark Ramsey titled; “Toyota Commits to Hybrids – Battery Technology a Big Impediment Chairman Says,” noted some interesting statements, namely one by Ushiyamara who said; “Some people say hybrids such as the Prius are only a bridge to the future, but we think it could be a long, a very sturdy one. There are more gains we can achieve.” Interestingly enough, Toyota is planning a hydrogen cell vehicle for sale in its line up in 2015.
Perhaps, so, and they have been selling a ton of Prius cars, you see them everywhere, so yes, Toyota is busy helping consumers feel good about themselves by buying something they claim to be environmentally friendly. Okay, that makes sense, consumers want them, Toyota is going to make them, done deal right? Yes, but there are other options, the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark, and Ford and Honda both have hybrids and all-electric models now too.
In The Engineer Online News there was a guest blog by Derek Charters on October 3, 2013 titled; “Electric, Hybrid or Alternative Fuel Cars – Which Will Prevail?”
It’s a worthy question, and maybe it’s akin to VHS and Beta video cassettes, do you really want to be caught with the wrong technology, with little or no real infrastructure in the future to utilize it? How many years will you own your car? Eight years on average in Europe, and in the US with the cars sales in full bloom a little less every year, but it is something to think on.
In the first week of October 2013 a Tesla S-Model had caught on fire and burned to the ground – Elon Musk the founder noted that it didn’t explode, it just burned – noting if it had been a gasoline car the gas tank would have exploded in a fire ball. He explained this after Tesla’s stock took a huge hit. Cite: WSJ 10-4-2013 “Tesla Shares Fall as Video Spokes Investors – Electric Car Maker Off 10% in two days as Internet Recording of Burning Vehicle Goes Viral.”
Still, many electric cars to save weight are made of carbon composites and much of that when it burns puts out toxic fumes. Hey, everything is a compromise right? Those who own Tesla Cars are absolute brand loyalists, they aren’t running from that technology, rather to it. Please consider all this and think on it.