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Posted by Joseph Clement on 25 September, 2017

When the thought of a motorised carriage first came out, people thought it was absolutely absurd. Eventually, cars of course replaced horses, and have since slowly grown more powerful and more efficient. Now, the new “odd ball” on the road seems to be electric cars. And while many people swear they will never get behind the wheel of something that has to be plugged in and charged, it’s inevitable that they are the cars of the future.

Thankfully, Tesla is taking strides to make electric cars just as elegant and classy as some of the finest gas guzzlers out there. And while the prices are still much too high for the average consumer, all predictions point to electric cars slowly becoming more and more affordable as the “trend” becomes reality.

Wouldn’t it be odd to take a trip to the future and not see a gas station on every corner? Of course, BP and Shell will still be there in some form, except instead of gas pumps, they will have charging ports where cars can be re-energised and get back on the road. Currently, electric cars take anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours to charge. Can you imagine waiting that long at a gas station?

Charging times (i.e., charging efficiency) and battery life are certainly things that have to be improved before electric cars become the new normal. Among other things, manufactures will also have to continue pushing against current industry giants, like Ford, who have continuously worked to improve fuel efficiency but have no intention of moving away from gas-powered vehicles just yet.

The current makers on the market who are getting into the world of electric car manufacturing includes BMW, with their i3 model topping out around 93 mph, and Chevrolet, with their Bolt EV also hitting 93. Fiat’s Focus Electric tops at 84 mph, while Hyundai’s Ioniq can reach 115 mph. Even though JAC Motors has manufactured the JAC J3 EV, which can reach 120 mph, Rimac is currently winning as far as speed goes, with their Concept S hitting 227 mph.

But when will these cars begin taking our highways by storm?

2020 was supposed to bring about at least seven “affordable” electric car models that could speed up the electric car trend and take it into the mainstream, but, of course, optimistic researches have been predicating that every year since 2012 will be the year that the “electric car revolution” will happen. And some even say it’s happening now, which is likely true, but this is the very, very slow start to the “revolution”.

Shortly before the 2020 article was released by Business Insider (and multiple other sources) in March 2017 announcing that affordable electric cars would finally be widely available to the public, Bloomberg had announced their prediction that long-range electric cars would cost less than $22k. By 2022, people are predicting they will cost less than today’s cars do.

But, will you be driving one?