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Are you thinking of buying an electric car? Information that will surprise you

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The American “New York Times” newspaper published a detailed report about the future of electric cars, and the approaching era of these cars, and according to the report, the prices of batteries are falling faster than expected.

This comes at a time when questions are being raised about the price of electric cars compared to traditional cars, and about government incentives to encourage people to buy, in addition to the infrastructure for electric cars.

The Volkswagen ID3 electric car is the same price as the Golf, the Tesla Model 3 is the same price as the BMW 3 Series, the Renault Zoe electric little car, its monthly rent may equal the cost of dinner for two in Paris.

With the collapse of car sales in Europe due to Corona, one category has grown rapidly, which are electric cars, and one of the reasons is that their prices are close to those of cars powered by gasoline or diesel engines.

At present, this price parity can only be achieved through government subsidies, which vary from country to country, as the discount value of the electric vehicle may reach more than $ 10,000.

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Electric cars are not yet very popular in the United States, largely because government incentives are less generous, and battery-powered cars account for about 2 percent of new car sales in America, while the market share in Europe approaches 5 percent.

As electric cars become more commonplace, car manufacturers are nearing the tipping point, even if without government support, as hybrid or electric cars will become cheaper than fuel-powered cars, and the manufacturer who reaches price parity first will dominate the market.

A few years ago, experts in the auto industry predicted that 2025 would be a turning point for electric cars, but technology is advancing faster than expected, and the industry could be poised for a quantum leap.

Manufacturers and electronics companies are competing with emerging companies to extract the most power relative to the weight of the battery, which is known as energy density, and a battery with a high energy density is cheaper in nature, because it requires less raw materials, and therefore has a lighter weight.

The race to build a better battery continues, and the goal is to reduce the costs of batteries and charging systems to less than $ 100 per kilowatt-hour, the standard measure of battery power.

Current batteries cost about $ 150 to $ 200 per kilowatt-hour, meaning that a package of batteries costs about $ 20,000, but the price has dropped 80 percent since 2008, according to the US Department of Energy.

All electric cars use lithium-ion batteries, and there is a race to find the materials that store the most energy with the least weight, and for conventional car companies this is all very frightening.

Internal combustion engines have not changed radically for decades, but battery technology is still wide open, and China is pouring resources into battery research, as the transition to electric power sees an opportunity for companies like New to break into European and American markets, and in less than a decade, Chinese battery maker Catel has become one of the largest manufacturers in the world.

Tesla has been selling electric cars since 2008, and it can rely on its years of experience and the data it has gathered to safely improve the performance of its batteries, without causing the battery to overheat or wear and tear.

This knowledge and experience allow Tesla to compete fiercely against other manufacturers, who should be more careful. The four Tesla models are among the few electric cars widely available, which can drive more than 300 miles when charged.

And Tuesday, Tesla founder Elon Musk may announce a technology that provides 50 percent more storage capacity relative to the weight of the battery, and at a lower cost, which could spark competition with other manufacturers.

Peter Carlson, who managed the Tesla supplier network in the company’s early days and is now the CEO of North Volt, a new Swedish company with contracts to manufacture batteries for Volkswagen and BMW cars, said traditional car manufacturers were still lagging behind.

The only hope for traditional car manufacturers to catch up is to exploit their supply chain expertise, and the huge production potential of factories and machinery, to create millions of affordable, economical electric cars.

There will be a big test for traditional car manufacturers, with the German company Volkswagen offering the ID3 electric model that will be available in the market at a price of less than $ 35,000, after government support, which will reach dealers and distributors in Europe soon.

Using its giant network of factories and sales centers, Volkswagen is seeking to enter the US market aggressively with the ID4, an electric sport utility vehicle, which the company seeks to sell in the United States next year.

The German company hopes to sell millions of electric cars in the coming years, and ID means smart design, which are electric models that the company will start producing soon.


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