The future of cars is electrified

We all wish there were better modes of transportation: few of us relish buying petrol, maintaining a car, and knowing we’re contributing to making the planet worse due to us releasing gases into the atmosphere. And any company that finds ways to mitigate these dynamics will be immediately leaped upon by consumers looking for ways to utilise transportation while knowing they’re not contributing – or contributing less – to the world’s pollution problem.

Consider the big news from the car world. As The Verge reports, the Chevrolet Bolt was revealed.

“The car, a high-roofed hatch, promises “more than” 200 miles on a charge at a price around $30,000 — not far from the market Tesla is looking to go after with its upcoming Model 3. It supports DC fast charging, though GM doesn’t say exactly how long it would take to fill it from empty.”

This is big news in the car industry, especially since the focus has largely been on Tesla motors, not a well-known “ordinary” car company like Chevrolet.

As Wired highlights: “The electric vehicle market long has been divided into two segments: Tesla, and everybody else… This is because the Tesla Model S sedan offers a range of 265 miles and costs about $100,000.” Other offers are far more expensive and don’t deliver value for money.

But then the Bolt was announced.

General Motors announced the Chevrolet Bolt, a car specifically meant to undercut the Model 3—perhaps before Musk’s car even arrives.

The Bolt, unveiled at the Detroit auto show, is a concept, yes, but a preview of a battery electric production car that GM CEO Mary Barra says will deliver more than 200 miles of range for a base price around $30,000 (after the obligatory $7,500 federal tax credit). While GM is keeping quiet about when this car would hit the market, The Wall Street Journal and Detroit Free Press say the company’s shooting for 2017.

That’s right around the time the Tesla Model 3 is supposed to land.

Whether we’ll see the Bolt at Chevrolet SA dealers even in 2017 is still up to fate. However, our reason for concern should be the environment and right now that still doesn’t seem like a good reason to invest in an electric car.

As Santiago Miret points out, a recent study showed some remarkable results: “The study showed that current production methods of [electric cars] are significantly more environmentally damaging than the production of [internal combustion engine cars].”

The solution isn’t to give up on electric cars, but to create the foundation in which it could work. Right now it is not viable, but in the long run with proper internal structures in place, it could the future of transportation we need in a world where we’re concerned about pollution and environmental impact.

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