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Future EV architecture

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by Sunlight, May 14, 2014.

  1. Sunlight

    Sunlight Member

    May 7, 2014
    South Africa
    Let's jump beyond speculating about the Model E (or whatever it is to be called now!) and imagine what EVs will look like in, say, 10-15 years time.

    There will be no more agonizing about what size and type of 'engine' to get and the small electric motors will be discretely installed under the back seats (or frunk or wherever).

    So what will distinguish one brand/model from another? OK range, performance and build quality/reliability. If these are similar - as is pretty well the case with ICE cars now - then the prime considerations will be design/layout/visual appeal (which can be more diverse than with ICEs).

    What do you think will be the alternatives or standard design?

    I imagine that the bonnets/hoods will get shorter to open up internal space and improve aerodynamics - maybe to the point of one-box designs.

    Minimal rear windows as CCTVs will replace the need and windows just add heat and cold so maybe they will become smaller.

    Also I can see the air intakes shrinking to aid aero and the designs becoming slinkier for aero including enclosed wheels (certainly at the rear).

    Less cluttered and more spacious interiors will add a new component and layouts may become more radical and range from super-plush to minimalist.

    Fun to speculate - what ideas do you have?
  2. Johan

    Johan Funds for M3 secured. Contingent on wife aproval.

    Feb 9, 2012
    Drammen, Norway
    I think there will be more windows as materials improve. As batteries get desnser you won't worry about range drop from heat/cold.
  3. constraint

    constraint Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    #3 constraint, May 14, 2014
    Last edited: May 14, 2014
    think cars in general will double in price due to government mandated safety features, self driving tech and 500 mile ev ranges. The overall price wont matter much however because most people will not own the cars as they will turn into a"lyft" type service. Order your car for a time and destination, and the self driving car will show up at your driveway and charge you a minor fee for the service.

    Ok maybe this is 30 years out, but you get the idea.
  4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Many more plug-in vehicles, including 200+-mile BEV, 80-mile BEV and 20-50 mile PHEV. Few plain HEV sales.
    Autopilot will be in many new cars and will be extremely popular.
    More car sharing schemes.
  5. RobStark

    RobStark Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I think this is true but it won't matter much not because large percentage of people will switch to "lyft" type service but because durability will more than double.

    This will lower lease payments. And loan lengths will be lengthened from 36-72 months up to 144 months.

    Refurbishing good condition cars with new battery pack, paint, AC, and reupholstered front seats will become very popular.

    And I think companies will differentiate with battery chemistry and electric motor durability/performance.

    And they will compete as they do now with safety, luxury features, design, reliability, and service.

    And even with BEVs some are more efficient than others.
  6. ggies07

    ggies07 Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    Ft. Worth, TX
    I'm not sure what things will look like, just that we will have more range for less $. I can't wait to see what type of EV I get to buy my daughter when she starts driving in 14 more years. It's going to be fun looking back and seeing how much has changed and to say we got to be there at the beginning....
  7. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

    May 17, 2009
    I'm hoping for a 350 mile range at highway speeds (65mph) when it's time to replace the Model S. Hopefully by then destination charging at hotels won't be as much an issue.

    CHARGER Banned

    May 15, 2014
    Surrey, B.C. Canada
    An appealing exterior solar cell skin that charges the car
  9. pogo661

    pogo661 New Member

    May 26, 2014
    I live in the NYC suburbs and commute using public transportation into the city. Have two young children, a 1 car garage and 2 car driveway, a yard and garden. For day-in day-out family transport and long trips my wife has a VW Passat TDI, but something like a model S would also do in the future. I need a 2nd car that can take me to the park n ride, and can also fill various utility roles. Must be cheap, versatile, low maintenance and convenient.

    A small, versatile car similar to a Honda N Box Plus, but electric.

    Seats 4, lots of head room, fold away passenger seats. Hopefully the average car size in the US will be smaller in a decade so this won't be dangerously small.

    Range of 200 miles under any weather, driving conditions. Induction charging.

    Solar panels not just for charging, but to insure the car is cool in the summer, warm in the winter. Wirelessly connected so it knows when to expect you.

    It would be cool if an autonomous driving system could drop you off and pick you up on demand so that parking in the city were less of a hassle.

    Base Price of $15K.

    I would also accept something smaller like a covered scooter just for commuting to the park n ride and grocery shopping but it needs to be under $5K. Able to travel safely at highway speeds.

    As much as new technology, vehicles like the above would need more flexible/different regulations, I guess, at least in the US.
  10. AudubonB

    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

    Mar 24, 2013
    Stop me if you've read this, rather, don't you dare stop...

    I sure hope that some of them look an awful lot like today's pickups! Those of us who do long-distance heavy hauling really, really could use the torque, power, and freedom from the yoke of diesel that electric vehicles present.
  11. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2013
    San Mateo, CA
    I know this thread is about "future EV" cars but what you describe won't exist at that price for decades, in my opinion. It may exist by 2040. I just don't think the technology will progress that fast and the price drop that much. Of course I could be wrong...

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