Electric cars will cost less and go seven times further
ELECTRIC cars will go much further and cost a lot less over the coming years, an expert predicts.
Huge advances in technology will pave the way for electric vehicles to cover seven times their current range on just one charge, he says.
And the cars themselves will cost a lot less because of a huge 40-fold plunge in the price of the batteries that power them.
The forecast is made by senior Mitsubishi executive Daniel Nacass, who claims electric cars will become far more attractive to ordinary buyers over the next couple of decades.
Huge advances in battery technology will eradicate the two major reasons why people steer clear of electric cars – range anxiety (fear of running out of charge) and the cost of purchase.
Most of today's electric cars have a range of between 120km and 200km. However, real-life driving conditions and the use of lights and air conditioning can significantly reduce those figures.
But that will change dramatically in the relatively near future, according to Mr Nacass.
He claims the current technology just isn't capable of convincing people that electric cars can replace the ones they have with petrol and diesel engines under the bonnet.
But he says there are major strides being made and the electric car over the next decade or two will be a far cry from the ones of today. The cost of battery banks to hold the charge that powers the wheels is a major factor in the high price of electric vehicles.
If they did not benefit from €10,000 in subsidies here (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and VRT rebates of €5,000 each) there would be fewer than even the current paltry numbers registered.
But Mr Nacass, speaking at a special briefing in Barcelona, said: "I am telling you now that targets have been set by manufacturers for electric cars to go seven times further, much further, and batteries to cost one-fortieth of what they do today. This will become possible. It has to if we are to save the earth from growing emissions."