Riding the Energy transition with Electric Vehicles

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January 23, 2018

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Battery powered vehicles shall one day eliminate the petrol or diesel based vehicles. Yes, it may sound impossible now, but with the recent advancements in the field of Electrical engineering and with the development of highly efficient batteries, it might happen sooner than you think!

There was a time not long ago, when there were very few paved roads, and the main means of transportation was a horse buggy, and the main issue with that the people were worried about what to do with all the horse manure that gets piled up on the clean city roads, just like nowadays our main worry is what to do with the harmful emissions by the large number of petrol based vehicles on the road. During the old times, it was unimaginable to think of any other means of transport other than horse buggy, keeping in mind that petrol or diesel was very hard to find in those days.

Having talked about this, there is a need to highlight this that there have been a series of commitments by the Governments of various countries and many automobile companies, to work on the development of electric vehicles. This commitment gives us a hope about the vision for a world without the harmful emissions from the transport vehicles.

Just like the days of horse cart buggies when there were no motor cars on the roads, similarly today there are only about 2 million electric vehicles among 1 billion registered vehicles on the roads. So, if we manage to put electrical vehicles on the roads efficiently, it can reduce petrol use by 20 million barrels a day and greatly cut CO2 emissions.

It won’t be surprising that how fast electric vehicles will replace the petrol cars, since these petrol cars replaced horses within few years in the 1900’s, in spite of the many hurdles, and if we compare that time with today’s modern world, the barriers and hurdles in adopting electrical vehicles today seem small. The point is that switching from oil-based cars to electric cars is way easier than switching from horse to cars was.

Now if we see this from the investment point of view, owning one of the Henry Ford’s Model-T was a difficult thing to do from the point of view of affordability. But within a span of few years as the industries set up gradually the price of motor cars dropped down, as the government spend on roads and oil industries, these motor cars became affordable to a common man.

Still building up of the new technology like an electric car can seem slow or look like it won’t hit the roads just like the petrol cars did. But the need of electric vehicles on the roads has become a necessity, keeping in mind the depletion of fossil fuels and moreover the dangerous levels of air pollution caused by the vehicles in cities. In fact, many developed countries like Norway, U.K, France has announced that they are going to put a ban on fossil fuel burning vehicles by the year 2030.

Now, at last, we must ask an important question, which is, who is going to do all this for us, and launch electric cars on the roads successfully? The answer is very simple, the people who deals with electric current, batteries and motors, the Electrical engineers!So, it is quite obvious, we are going to need electrical engineers, and that gives us an opportunity to train and envision the students of Electrical Engineering at SISTec, so that the students develop an out of the box thinking so that they are able to tap in to their full potential and are able to do long-term planning, and all of this is made possible by the efforts of experienced and knowledgeable teachers at SISTec.

BY: 

Name: Aamir Nasir

Assistant Professor – Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Sagar Group Of Institutions

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