When Will The Hybrid Switch Come ?
The rapidly changing future of hybrid and electric mobility solutions
The years when cars were driving only on petrol, diesel or gas are over. Just like the years during which people actually had to pedal on their bicycles, kick on their skateboards or push forward on a step without motorized assistance. Since its introduction, electricity has proved its importance and usability everywhere in the mobility industry. But still, electric vehicles often have some negative features in comparison to their non-electric counterpart. Though this is slowly changing. What will the future of hybrid and electric mobility solutions hold for us?
The pros and cons
The advantages and disadvantages of moving ourselves from A to B on electricity, rather than on fossil fuel, are great food for debate these days. Obviously, electricity isn’t by far as polluting for the environment as the fossil goods it replaces are. Moreover, electric vehicles can be charged right at your house and only for a fraction of the price in comparison to petrol. But most of the time, electric vehicles are very expensive, haven’t got the same long range as ‘normal’ vehicles and charging points can sometimes be very rare to come by.
Looking at cars as an example, hybrid vehicles have been a great middle way. Drive on electricity until the battery runs out and then switch to fossil fuel. Every mile you don’t pollute is a good thing, right? But governments have struggled, and still are, with legislation and tax fraud around hybrid vehicles, so driving one these days is far from perfect and still not as environmental friendly as a full electric car.
Moreover, a recent research conducted by the International Council of Clean Technology on ride-hailing drivers, obviously a group of heavy car users, has taken a closer look on the future of hybrid cars. They predict that full electric vehicles will be more economical than hybrid vehicles already by 2025. The report shows that, because of a combination of cheaper batteries, advancements in charging infrastructure, cheaper overnight charges and a much longer range of future electric vehicles, these will overtake hybrids as the perfect mobility solution quite soon.
A hybrid future?
Looking at the pros and cons of hybrid vehicles compared to their full electric replacement, it looks like hybrid vehicles will have to fight for its right to exist in the future. The market share of electric vehicles is growing quickly, and more and more manufacturers are entering the market. Possible, in ten years’ time, we will look back on hybrid vehicles as the start of the shift to full electric transportation. Transportation without pollution, green and economical, and who knows what more?