Last week the news reported on a change of heart on the original 2040 date for banning petrol and diesel vehicles. MPs think we should now target 2032, an eight year advance on the original date. Here at Team Bath Racing Electric we are really interested in these discussions. While we continue to move with industry to push the electric technologies forward, could we live without petrol or diesel fueled vehicles in just 13 years? Could EVs, that currently only make up 0.6% of the market, take the fight to their combustion counterparts? How much will hybrid vehicles be involved with this shift?
We believe that advancement of hybrid technologies has to be the next logical step. The technologies used in electric vehicles are currently not able to compete in all aspects with their combustion counterparts and so it is difficult to foresee a situation in just 13 years where they are able to. For electric vehicles to become the primary vehicle architecture, the cell technologies need to improve significantly. Looking at our car, the battery accounted for 30% of the total car mass, and lasted around 30 minutes, a far cry from what would be expected of a road car.
Having worked on electric vehicles for 4 years, TBRe fully supports the initiative to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles, or more to “phase in” the electric and hybrid counterparts. The team has extremely strong engagement with industry, with support from companies such as SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre, MAHLE Powertrain and Bosch enabling our drive for success. This level of support highlights the industry’s shift toward these electric technologies, and the desire from industry leaders to do so.
The level of technological advancement within the team over the past 4 years has been phenomenal, so where will we stand in 2032? We have high aspirations for sure, but with every advance, the opportunity for further innovation presents itself. However, could the rate at which the technology is advancing begin to slow, or will a push from government to target 2032 keep the momentum going in this field?
A key technological advancement that we are watching out for is solid state cells. With increased energy density and improved safety characteristics these at least seem like a much needed advancement of cell technologies. Beyond the cells, the motors speak for themselves, with a far improved efficiency, up from 30% to 95%, and instant torque characteristic there are many reasons why electric powertrains are more suited to automotive applications.
We would love to know your thoughts on the future of the automotive market.