A Turning Point for Mobility: Why the Future Belongs to Electric Cars
One of the most serious problems facing today's mobility is the increase in traffic jams. Electric cars could usher in a transition. After all, they have an advantage in the innovative technology of self-driving cars.
Kaiser Wilhelm’s pronouncement “I believe in horses. Automobiles are a passing phenomenon,” is gaining an ironic posthumous significance. Increasing numbers of cities are choked by traffic jams. Parking spaces take up more than double the amount of developed urban land.
Various studies put the average speed of a car at 20–30 kilometers per hour. This is still faster than a horse, but it highlights that incremental change will not do – radical change, such as autonomous mobility, is necessary.
Electric Cars Could Solve the Problems of Today's Mobility
Traditional urban traffic has become the victim of its 100-year triumph. Even electric engines will not be able to change this. But today's car pioneers, such as Tesla and Google, also seem to be taking the lead in autonomous mobility.
Tesla's new Model 3 may be a further important step towards this turning point. In any event, it could be the starting signal for real global competition in the development of the best electric car. Early industry reviews support this impression. “This car changes everything,” declares a Bloomberg reporter, who believes that the Model 3 is a formidable competitor for the BMW3 and the Mercedes C class.
US industry magazine Quartz published an overview of all road trials to date. Tones of awed excitement permeated the results. There was not one negative review. Thanks to the number of options, a fully loaded model, which leaves no wish unfulfilled, can boost the price from USD 35,000 to USD 60,000. Of course, the car can be synchronized, and doors locked and unlocked, with a smartphone app.
The Competition in the Market for Electric Cars Is Increasing
Competitors were quick to respond to the positive reports on electric cars. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne stated to the Wall Street Journal that more than half of its Maserati sports cars would go electric by 2022. Daimler is currently planning to launch ten new electric cars in an investment initiative for which the company has budgeted over USD 10 billion.
The Chinese-controlled Volvo group intends to switch completely to electric and hybrid engines by 2020, and sell over a million units by 2025. There are many signs that the race to dominate 21st century mobility has begun.