GOING ELECTRIC

From the times cars started showing up, there have been upgrades a whole lot of people found hard to accept. Fuel injectors gave carburettors sliding tackle but it didn’t want to fall because several people believed the injectors were problematic and couldn’t be maintained. Power windows came and a whole bunch of people wanted to develop muscles on the manual winders with the myth that power windows failed a lot and couldn’t be fixed when they failed – like the manual winders don’t mess up badly too. Automatic gears came, initially for the handicapped and some quickly saw the ease that came with it but others just saw problems and today, automatic gears have flooded everywhere.

Air conditioning was bad and gave you grey hair and wastes your fuel and today, most people won’t buy a car without air conditioning. Alloy rims broke and were hopeless was a trend until everyone started wanting alloy rims on their cars. Hybrid cars came to save us more fuel and reduce air pollution and some people said it was bad and you couldn’t park it for long and if it spoils, the car becomes out-rightly useless, needless to say many of the hybrid cars are roaming our streets now.

Well, the list goes on and on and now the latest is the electric vehicles (EVs). In fact, there are car companies who have made electric cars only and Tesla leads the pack having received almost 14,000 Model 3 orders in Europe we can conveniently say they are doing fine even though many countries do not even have one yet. Other Electric vehicle makers include Rivian, Polestar, Bollinger, Fisker, Rimac (supercar) and Qiantu, a Chinese car company which is promising an electric vehicle by 2020 and we’ll give you more information and reviews on them as they come. It is also noteworthy to say that several super car makers have added some electric packages to their cars and in Formula 1 cars are not left behind.

Several car makers who had been with us have been looking in that direction like the Nissan Leaf, bmw i3, Renault Zoe, Hyundai Ioniq and even Mercedes Benz who gave us the world’s first electric supercar (the Electric SLS AMG with 864 batteries in its spine) with the formula 1 style pushrod suspension system, some drive modes (comfort, sports and sports+) and some sweet electronic wizardry to complement. Jaguar I-Pace is the first car to really challenge Tesla with a premium electric vehicle. Mercedes is launching its electric model EQC these days, and Audi is doing the same with its e-Tron GT Quattro.

May be ‘GOING ELECTRIC’ is the future of motoring, maybe not. Let us know what you think.

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