Posted on July 06, 2016 by Matt Pressman
With Brexit dominating headlines in the UK, an important British news story slipped under the radar. The International Business Times reported, "According to predictions, electric cars will be more popular than their petrol and diesel alternatives by 2027, just over a decade from now, as sales of vehicles like the Tesla Model S, BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf are set to soar. Go Ultra Low, a [British] government and industry-backed campaign launched to boost ownership of green vehicles, claims around 1.3 million electric cars will be bought in the UK in 2027, where that figure will for the first time exceed petrol and diesel car sales in the same 12-month period."
Above: Tesla Model 3 spotted at Tesla's factory (Instagram: @jay.dayzz)
Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said of the predictions: "The huge interest in electric vehicles (EVs) and their subsequent rapid rise in uptake has been spectacular so far, with more than 60,000 EVs registered [to date] in the past five years. These rises are just the start of the electric revolution as Go Ultra Low analysis suggests that electric vehicles could dominate the new car market as early as 2027."
Above: UK electric vehicle growth in last five years as of Dec. 2015; note: the total has increased to date in 2016 to over 60,000 EVs registered in UK (Go Ultra Low)
The estimates are also backed by Auto Express UK magazine, which has seen electric cars perform strongly in its car owner survey, Driver Power. Steve Fowler from Auto Express UK said: "The positivity and appreciation of electric vehicles by their owners...is suggestive of a step-change in public perception of these vehicles. We are moving towards a tipping point for electrically-powered cars, so it's entirely possible that by 2027 these vehicles will dominate the market as the top choice for new car buyers." And Auto Express UK, in their 5-star review of the Tesla Model S P90D, had noted Tesla's superior, "supercar performance... how does it feel? Incredible."
Above: 2016 "refresh" design of the Tesla Model S (Source: Motor Trend)
Yes, Tesla Motors [NASDAQ: TSLA] has set the stage for a seismic shift to electric driving in the automotive industry. But, can electric vehicles really replace gas-powered cars? CNET makes a compelling case for the superiority of electric vehicles. Two recent videos showcase the differences (and unique advantages) of electric vehicles. These videos present some fun factoids that help explain why electric vehicle technology employed by Tesla (and a handful of other carmakers) is clearly better than internal combustion engine gas-powered cars.
The first video exposes one of the key reasons most miss -- electric vehicles (EVs), particularly ultras-powerful Teslas, are simply more fun to drive. The "gobs of torque" EVs deliver offers a driving experience gas cars can't match. And, although some of CNET's reasoning in the second video might sound snarky, the unique advantages presented could certainly justify the the transition from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles as forecasted by the UK's Go Ultra Low forecast. And even though CNET sidesteps the environmental argument in its videos, a recent study from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows indisputable evidence that electric cars are far greener than gas-powered cars. So, any way you look at it... a rEVolution is coming, and, Tesla Motors will continue to lead the way.