Electric cars have started arriving now. His figure has been back several years to haunt the enthusiast. This car is indeed predicted as the future by various groups.
The development of technology has become increasingly sophisticated. Performance electric cars like Tesla or hypercar, Rimac has defeated a variety of petrol cars in drag duels. Many supercar-class cars or gasoline-powered hypercar have swept their knees in front of the duo electric hero!
Discussing the development of car technology going forward, especially in terms of power sources certainly not only about gasoline and electric cars. There are also hybrid cars and hydrogen cars.
Hybrid cars are a bridge between the old age (gasoline) and the future age (electricity). Meanwhile, hydrogen cars can be considered as alternate future . Many people also think that hydrogen is the future of automotive.
Discussion of electric cars, gasoline, hybrid, and hydrogen cars is very interesting. Not only from technological developments and future predictions. But also in the debate whether enthusiasts will accept the presence of “mute” cars in the future?
Let’s just start the review. Prepare the coffee hehe.
Gasoline Car: The Beginning of the End
We don’t need to discuss much about what a gasoline car is. Surely already know. Well, a human mount’s best friend used to be a horse, donkey, and camel (the same as an elephant too).
Until one day there was a car.
Human closeness with this ‘creature’ is very intimate. Gasoline cars have been used for more than 100 years and are part of human civilization and everyday life. Try going out on the road and look at petrol cars milling about with their employers.
In a fairly long period of time, various technologies and development were born. In addition, also born the car culture, which is an embodiment of human closeness with this four-legged machine.
This series of automotive trips in more than a century created a strong bond between enthusiast and car. We as enthusiasts love the good car from its appearance, its movements, its voice, maybe even the smell!
Internal combustion engine has become a life for a car. The explosion of the piston and the roar of the exhaust makes a car like a living creature. This concept is inherent in the hearts of enthusiasts.
Until one day, humans created a different species.
This creature comes with a primary motivation for the use of new energy that is efficient and environmentally friendly. This ‘cold’ mute car is also predicted as a savior of the world from vehicle pollution.
The bad news? For us of course. Electric-powered cars are predicted as the future. Even some countries have discussed to later ban gasoline cars. They have already talked about banning the use of gasoline cars in the 2030/2040 deadline!
Hybrid Cars: The Bridge Between Old and Future
We skip for a moment by discussing hybrid cars. This car is indeed as a liaison between gasoline cars and electric cars. The bridge between ‘ the old ‘ and ‘ the future ‘.
Actually the concept of a hybrid car was introduced in 1900. Ferdinand Porsche has made the Lohner-Porsche which is the first hybrid car in the world. Nevertheless, this technology was only just beginning to be widely introduced in 1997 by Toyota through the Toyota Prius.
How it works this crossbreed car outline is combining a gasoline car engine with an electric motor and generator. Simple if the car is mounted turbo or supercharger, this electric motor device is installed.
Electrical energy is obtained from batteries. Kinetic energy when driving and braking will be converted by electricity into electricity stored in batteries.
When the car is stationary, when it starts or when it starts slowly, the car uses electricity. When driving normally, the car uses gasoline power. When the acceleration is high, the car uses a combination of gasoline and power from an electric motor.
Hybrid car species population continues to increase. This is of course backed by an increase in fuel prices as well as efficient use of fuel and pollution reduction.
Until 2017 more than 12 million hybrid cars have been sold!
In accordance with its main purpose. This hybrid car agent successfully carried out its mission. This car is considered to be more efficient and less polluting than gasoline cars. Furthermore, the producers are / have developed their newest species which are full of electricity, aka electric cars.
Electric Cars: The Future is Clean? But Definitely … Silent
Green or eco-friendly trends and energy efficiency then continue to increase. Manufacturers also develop their cars from what was originally a hybrid and then a full electric car.
Simple full electric car that is no longer using a gasoline engine like a hybrid. All of its energy comes from batteries.
Actually this electric car was made much longer, namely in 1884. In the 2008s, the concept of electric-powered cars strengthened after the emergence of Tesla which kicked off the automotive world with its Tesla Roadster performance. This full electric car has 248 hp and can accelerate from 0-100 in just 3.9 seconds! In a single charge this car can cover 400 km!
Tesla can not be denied starting a new chapter in the world of automotive world. From here the producers then began to seriously develop and produce other electric cars. Call it like BMW, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, VW, Benz, Renault, and many others helped develop their electric car models.
Until finally, Rimac appeared. This is the first electric hypercar to become the next hero after Tesla. Rimac managed to defeat various supercars and even gasoline-powered hypercar. The public was stunned.
The future is near!
Despite the rapid development of technology, most enthusiasts still do not like electric cars . The main reason is that this species does not have a soul like a gasoline car. It feels cold, and of course, lonely. Enthusiast has more than a century trusted the concept of the engine with the explosion of the piston as a car life. The roar of the muffler as the sound from the car.
We do not know of the next generation that is currently very intimate with the digital era and technology. It could be indeed, and in the not too distant future, electric-powered cars will become our daily lives. Like a smartphone that 10 years ago is still a foreign item. Look at the numbers now. Available everywhere.
Regarding eco-friendly, some people judge that electric-powered cars in the end remain not as green as we imagine. This opinion is based on electricity production at this time still largely relies on the burning of fossil energy. So yeah basically, eleven twelve aliases are the same. The more people use it, the more electricity consumption in its production involves fossil burning.
Even in many developed countries, the majority of electrical energy is produced through burning fuels including coal. Only a few have the majority use nuclear power and water as in Norway, France, New Zealand and Canada.
Hydrogen Cars: The Alternate Future
Some people think that the future of automotive is actually in the hydrogen. Of course this is opposed by some other circles, including in it, Elon Musk. One reason is that energy production from hydrogen releases carbon dioxide. Certainly different from electric cars that are “zero emissions”. Although yes, the process of making electricity is still polluting.
Comparing hydrogen cars versus electric cars is actually very interesting. Both of these technologies are still under development. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Manufacturers also seem to be still ‘confused’ between developing electricity or hydrogen technology. Currently there are only 4 hydrogen cars that have been produced and marketed. Toyota Mirai, Hyundai Nexo, Hyundai FCEV, and Honda Clarity.
As mentioned earlier, electric cars are not entirely ‘green’ because the electricity production process still involves many fossils. This is different from a hydrogen car. This car creates its own electricity. Alias not saved.
Why, do hydrogen cars also use electricity?
Yep, hydrogen cars are driven by electricity, just like an electric car. The difference, the electricity is not saved, but comes from the chemical reaction between hydrogen gas from the tank with oxygen from the air. This reaction occurs in the fuel cell which results in electricity which then drives the electric motor.
Want to know the remaining waste from the reaction?
Even this water can be drunk! There have been many videos of people drinking water left over from hydrogen cars and they are fine, hehe.
Another plus of hydrogen cars is the same fuel filling with gasoline cars. Only 5 minutes. This is certainly far different from the electric car that requires charging for hours. Tesla ‘supercharger’ fills 30 minutes and even then requires a special device and the charging is not optimal (only 80%). Imagine how much the place of car cash (electric version of the gas station).
It’s not just fast charging time. Hydrogen cars are also leading in terms of mileage, outperforming electric-powered cars and gasoline cars. One tank can cover 600 km! Extraordinary!
Are you fans of speed ? Take it easy. As with electric cars, hydrogen cars are also quite capable in terms of power and speed . Toyota Mirai has 152 hp power, Hyundai Nexo 163 hp, and Honda Clarity 130 hp. Not bad. Keep in mind this car is not a performance car like Tesla or Rimac. In addition, hydrogen technology is currently being worked on not as tightly as the trend of developing electric cars. Once the trend rises, there may be a hypercar hydrogen car later.
Thus the review this time. Cars based on the source of energy have advantages and disadvantages of each. For enthusiasts, the biggest drawback of non-internal combustion cars is of course the sound. Could be, due to the insistence of changing times, enthusiasts will begin to accept electric-engined cars. But still, the sound of the engine and exhaust will always be missed by enthusiasts.