Is the time of electromobility upon us?
Mercedes-Benz presented its EQC model, the first completely electric car of the company and thus the world of automobiles stands one step closer to zero emissions vehicles. Here is why…
Laws benefit electric cars. Since emissions regulations get tougher and tougher, zero emission vehicles appear to be the only way forward for auto companies in order to reduce average CO2 emitted by their fleets. If that was not enough, many European cities have announced the gradual constriction of circulating conventional vehicles in the years to come.
Batteries and autonomy
Batteries get cheaper. Since the battery’s cost per Kwh gets lower fast, the electric car’s battery, which is its greatest cost, become all the more viable. Therefore, it is calculated that by 2025 the cost of an electric car will be similar to that of a conventional one of the same size and attributes.
Batteries become more efficient. After a certain inertia during the last few decades, battery efficiency improves quickly. Given the fact that their energy density increases by 10% annually, we can have twice the efficiency in a car model that lasts seven years or acquire the same capacity for half the weight. This practically means that even if we do not witness a ground breaking change in battery technology, electric cars will soon have a completely satisfactory autonomy (such as 500km) and lower weight than the first generation electric vehicles.
Range of electric cars
All manufacturers plan to put a socket in their models. Car companies announce one after the other their plans for electromobility and in most cases they include the launching of a great array of purely electric models, but also the electrification of the rest, which means that by about 2025 cars that have an internal combustion engine will also have an electric one. The latter will be supplied by batteries that will be charged during breaking and through a common wall plug.
Competition will accelerate the transition to electromobility. The signs are already present, however the transition to this new technology is expected to accelerate through competition between existing car companies and the appearance of new ones from the East, which will provide high tech for low cost. One only has to look at the five top cell phone companies, where the three spots are occupied by Chinese corporations. Who could have imagined this just a few years ago, during Nokia’s era of dominance? Events are under way in the car industry too.
Mercedes-Benz launches a new, electric age
Mercedes-Benz is one of the few companies that have the power to advance concurrently many different mobility technologies. Purely electric models were not unknown in the company’s range, but today the first model of the new EQ range has been presented. It was announced in the Paris car show in 2016 and EQC is the first one. It is a charming crossover with impressive technical details.
The front adds new characteristics to the brand’s identity. The black shiny line under the LED lights is special and it hugs the lower part of the mask. In this way, it gives a particular image to the model. The back part is the most recognizable with excellent design in its LED lights. Equally impressive are the technical details of EQC, which prove the brand’s technology. Power reaches 407 and 765 Nm of torque. This performance allows the crossover to reach 100 km/h in just 5.1 sec and a top speed of 180 km/h. The battery has a 80 kWh capacity and uses lithium ions. This capacity allows for an autonomy of 450 km. The model is supplied by a water cooled charger of 7.4 KW. According to Mercedes-Benz, there is the ability to charge the car to 80% in just 40 minutes!
Electric cars present in Greece
Even though car companies have invested huge amounts during the last few years and have made a lot of progress, sales remain low across Europe. The lack of infrastructure plays a role, as well as the lack of incentives.
Models like the Tesla Model, the VW Up or the Nissan Leaf can be considered to stand at a very good price and can be purchased without the buyer spending a small fortune, in order to enjoy the benefits of electromobility. The Model S is still a model circulating in the market and manages first place in sales. Having great autonomy, big space and top quality, it can satisfy even the most demanding families looking for high standards.
On the other hand, a fresh proposal comes from Hyundai with the Kona Electric. The model that changed electromobility and preorders led the plant to arrange deliveries for the next six months. It is chosen by those who want a sporty look, a reliable SUV, but do now want to spend too much.
Its full charging takes place in 9.5 hours. The Audi E-Tron is the answer of the German company. It is the first mass produced electric car and the primary competitor of the Jaguar I-Pace. The model charges fully in half an hour with a fast charger.
The BMW i3 is the brand’s electric hatchback and it has a powerful style. Having 181 HP it can reach high performance and it also has good driving dynamics and safety levels. The Hyundai Nexo FCEV is supplied by hydrogen cells instead of batteries and has an autonomy of 600 km.
Jaguar’s first foray into electric cars is done through the I-Pace. It is an astounding model with high tech. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h comes in 4.5 sec.
Nissan’s offensive is spearheaded by the Leaf, which is already sold in Greece and is doing well. Through one charge, it can run more than 400 km. It has big spaces and top technology.