Autocar Examines the Future of Motoring
Autocar paints a picture of what the industry may look like in 25 years. Naturally, there is a lot of speculation, but much is based on what we currently know and can safely assume. Experts in various fields of research and technology offer their insight.
Most engines will be electrified in some way by 2040. Neville Jackson, Ricardo’s chief technical and innovation officer says:
“The majority of cars will be electrified in some way and the engine may no longer be the primary drive; its role would be to support an electric motor. In that case, the engine is likely to be smaller, highly boosted by turbocharger or an electrical boost system and redefine the idea of high efficiency.”
Hydrogen power is also on the rise in this modelling, providing more energy density than today’s current battery technology, along with impressive range. Also, refueling time is comparable to gas. But, the infrastructure is still the challenge.
As we have already seen, batteries are getting lighter and cheaper. Energy density and charging time is progressing as well in the future. New technology and chemicals will make it possible to see 400-500 mile range with 15 minute charging times.
Vehicles will be made from lightweight steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, and plastics. The carbon fiber industry is working to get the price of the material down by 80%. Another option is using mainly plastics for as much of the vehicle as possible, and enhancing specific parts with spray on metal coatings or using metals for key components.
To say that the future of motoring will be exciting would be an extreme understatement!
For more in-depth information, check out the entire article at Autocar.