More people would buy electric vehicles if these things were improved.
Electric vehicles have become much more mainstream ever since Tesla gave people a real reason to buy them. Tesla has single handedly made huge improvements on EV technology such as longer range and fast-charging, but there are still flaws that prevent it from being the perfect alternative fuel source. We've pinpointed five areas that EVs need to improve on before they can truly be considered perfect. If Tesla or any other automaker can figure out a way to solve these issues, then EVs could eventually replace gas-engine cars forever.
1. Sound Some people absolutely love the feel of having a car that can drive along at highway speeds without making a sound. However, car enthusiasts like to have the sensation of an engine during acceleration, something that Tesla cars and other EVs lack. We'd love to see Tesla (or any EV automaker) include a mode that would create a fake engine noise or some other futuristic noise that signifies speed. This option could be turned off for people who enjoy having a nearly silent car, but would solve the issue of enthusiasts that simply love the sound of an engine.
2. Battery Swapping One of the problems with EVs is that they take too long to charge. This has been partially fixed by Tesla, with its network of supercharger stations that can charge around 50 percent of the battery in 20 minutes. This is still too long, and we think that the solution is battery swapping. This would involve building a battery that can be swapped out with a fully charged unit in a matter of minutes. This could either be placed in a public place or at the homes of EV drivers. This idea would solve the range anxiety of EV drivers and the annoying wait times of recharging.
3. Range Longer range has been the most important factor that influences people's decision to buy an electric car. Tesla changed the game with cars that could go well over 200 miles on a single charge, but this still doesn't solve a big problem with EVs. Anyone who wants to take a long road trip will have a much easier time using a gas-engined car. The superchargers make it easier to go far in a Tesla, but it's still very difficult to use any EV for long-distance travel. Our idea of battery swapping could be a fix, but we would love to see EVs that are capable of traveling around 400 miles on a charge in the next few years.
4. Longevity One of the big problems with EVs is their short lifespan. If the car is driven in a harsh climate like Arizona or Michigan, rough estimates claim that the car's battery may need to be replaced after around 10 years. EV technology has been improving incredibly fast, which means that electric models can become outdated extremely quickly. This has led to a used market of massively depreciated EVs. Manufacturers need to find a way to build EV models that have a longer lifespan that can be updated with future-proof technology which won't result in the car becoming obsolete so quickly.
5. Price Our final issue with EV cars is their price. Tesla has been the only hugely successful EV manufacturer in the US, but it's not what we would call affordable. The upcoming Model 3 will help bring EV technology downmarket, but the other affordable EVs like the Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf haven't inspired as much excitement. EVs have fewer mechanical parts, so we should reach a point where they become less expensive than gas-engine cars to produce. Until EV models are cheaper than their gas-engined equivalents, they will never take over the market.