The EV industry is on the brink of massive changes. From high-performance, self-charging cars to an influx of blockchain enabled programs, 2019 is going to be a landmark year. This too for the entire sector of the industry.
While we’re still discussing history, let’s take a look back at 2018. It was the year when electric cars hit an all-time high. Jaguar launched the first truly premium EV as a rival to Tesla. Nissan’s bestsellers underwent a complete modernization while Hyundai made a little miscalculation about the demand for their Kona electric. Elon Musk made some exciting announcements about democratized battery-powered models and what not!
These announcements were the beginning of a seismic shift in the development of electric vehicles. It is the initial stage of moving towards better electrification in the coming year. A vast majority of the famous car manufacturing brands are primed to pounce and unleash accomplished, electrified products in 2019. Diesel has shown indications towards widespread hybridization while battery-assisted products will become the norm of this year.
2019 is all set to welcome a lot of automotive tech trends in the EV market. Here is a list of all the major trends this year will bring about.
1. The battery size for electric vehicles is shrinking
The EVs with large batteriesand long ranges have made multiple headlines, but Bytesnap has predicted a contrary view. According to them, the market for EVs with smaller batteries is increasing at an alarming rate in urban driving. An analysisof an average trip in the UK is around 7.04 miles; the commuting journey lasts 11.2 miles while an average car drives up to 7500 miles.
This roughly translates that an urban electric vehicle only needs a range of 45 miles. Increasing the charge points, the basic requirement for Bev to support the entire day’s commute is reduced two times and more. Hence the norm of the EV range will become 23 miles.
2. Electrified motors will be available to the majority
The recent announcements about affordable offers by Nissan’s Leaf, Renault’sZoe and Hyundaihave hiked the pocket-friendly motoring. This has been done for the vast majority of socio-economic backgrounds of the households. The year 2019 will host the mass-production of electric vehicles for the standard population instead of the free 5 % that has previously been the exclusive buyers of EVs.
Mini’s plug-in hybrid called countryman will receive high praise due to its transition as a full city car standard EV. This will function similarly to BMW i3 paired with particular characteristics such as aero bodywork and closed vents.
Honda has shown glimpses of the great retro car called theUrban EV back in 2018. The company has announced that a production version of the same car is still in the pipeline, priming to release in 2019. This will inculcate the original boxy exterior and reference points like the 80s hot hatch to maintain the retro vibe.
Lastly, the premium but pocket-friendly number introduced Citroen. The ds badge is all set to get rid of internal combustion in the engines to begin the development of a hybrid or a pure EV by launching the ds sevencross back e tense. Claims of 128mpg in fuel economy figures are expected due to the amalgamation of electric power with petrol. How much is car worth, against these brilliant ideas?
3. Faster and better-regulated chargers
Petrol stations are predicted to become energy supply stations. This will be done once the successful installation of uber-fast chargers is completed alongside the traditional establishments. This means that the drivers would need some activity to do while the vehicle is connected to the chargers. Whether it is a cup of excellent coffee, small shopping centers or watching a standardtelevision, something that helps the drivers kill their time. The acquisition of EV charger suppliers by bp and shell is a part of the strategy.
Once these chargers are installed, 2019 will also see a high level of regulation for these chargers. Better qualities, features and standards would be imposed upon them. The ultimate goal is to enable chargers to allow sufficient load-control to let the grid handle the high demand.
4. Electric vehicles would likely embrace the internet of things
As smart speakers and headphones became must-haves on Christmas 2018, it is only a matter of a little time before artificial intelligence and machine learning find their way into our vehicles. Jaguar land rover’s director of electronics and software, Mr. Alex Heslop,also has his word. He stated that the upcoming model of the range rover Evoque would accompany a smart ai program to improve the infotainment system of the car.
The technology will have the ability to recognize the driver through a tethered smartphone. It would also be able to adjust the settings according to the needs of the driver and passengers. The seating, along with the air conditioning is not the only elements that would be automated in the latest version of this EV. According to Heslop, the system will learn to create a playlist according to the owner’s taste. It will blast the music through the car’s sound system on the way back home, on the way to work or when you are going to a disappointing event. Your smart playlist will help you sort your mood out.
5. EVs bring down subsidies
Many governments have subsidized the electric vehicle prices in sales and manufacture, to stimulate the market. This practice has been in place for a long time now. It is easy to predict that 2019 is the year where these government subsidies would easily back out. This will be due to the establishment of the growing demands of the EV that can easily outstrip the supply.