Is electrification the future of our transportation? If you believe these researchers we'll all be commuting around in relaxed style in fully electric autonomous vehicles within 12-15 years. Leaving aside the development of autonomous vehicles, what about the electric cars themselves?
Take the average “fuel” consumption of my Chevrolet Bolt shown here: 14.7 kWh per 100km over quite a lot of driving. How does that compare to gasoline powered cars? Well, 1 gallon of gas has 33.7 kWh of energy equivalent. Doing the math tells us that a gasoline powered car would have to get 142 miles/gallon in order to be as efficient as this electric car. Not likely. Why is this? Mostly because electric motors are about 90% efficient at converting energy into useful work, while internal combustion engines are less than 30% efficient.
Range is a another question but we're almost there: the indicator here shows I can drive 291 miles (although it does go down during winter). What about the cost of driving? These roughly 3000 miles cost me less than $50.
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