Elon Musk is very, very serious about transforming the future of the transportation industry.
Elon Musk is the head honcho behind Tesla Motors. They are the most influential of all the electric car companies out there. Elon is also the boss man behind SpaceX, not to mention a major investor in alternative energy sources, advanced technological solutions, and a host of other game changing companies. Elon is dedicated to pushing us a bit further into the future than we might have gone on our own if we stuck to the status quo.
Tesla has quickly become one of the most innovative new automotive companies on the planet in a ridiculously short block of time. They’ve been around less than 10 years or so. They’ve gone from prototype vehicles to the most popular electric car on the road today. They’ve done so mostly on the back of their own technology, their own engineers, and breakthrough solutions that they themselves have pioneered.
But electric cars still only make up about 3.8% of all the automobiles on the road today worldwide.
That number is a significant jump from just five years ago when only 0.08% of all automobiles worldwide were running off of an electric battery. We still have quite a ways to go to break off our dependency on fossil fuels though. The question isn’t whether or not electric car companies are trying to push us further into the future. The question is what’s taking them so long to get us where we are trying to go.
The barriers that all electric car companies face today
Somehow we’ve been able to create amazing digital devices that fit in our pockets. These are devices with thousands of times the computing power that the computers used to land men on the moon in 1969 enjoyed.
During that same time span we’ve been able to create an invisible global network for effortless and almost instantaneous communication, sharing ideas and opening up all corners of the world to foster a true global community of freethinking and exchange of ideas.
And that only begins to scratch the surface of what we as human beings have pulled off in the last 20 or 30 years.
But for some reason, we haven’t been able to figure out how to make electric car companies the dominant force in the automotive industry.
Some of that is because there are major multinational powers with trillions of dollars at stake propping up the fossil fuel industry (for obvious and understandable reasons). Some of it is because the technology just hasn’t ever reached the kind of efficiency levels that we need it to.
Well, electric car companies like Tesla have eliminated that problem almost completely in just the last three or four years.
They found ways to eliminate all kinds of weight from the chassis of a vehicle to help increase the overall speed, power, and performance of electric cars. They were able to find interesting ways to take advantage of “regenerative braking” systems to give their batteries a boost. Still, even the best batteries on the planet weren’t able to reliably hold up enough “juice” to get a vehicle the same distance that a traditional gasoline-based option would on a single tank of gas.
Tesla and other electric car companies understood this to be the major sticking point holding them back. That is why so many of them have collaborated (both behind the scenes and out in the public) to create groundbreaking new battery technology. This battery technology finally exists!
Elon and his team at Tesla were the first ones to unveil the new and advanced battery technology. They then completely flipped the automotive industry on its head when they opened up and released all of the patents for the energy system that they were using.
That means that they unleashed hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of research and years and years of experimentation to shortcut the work that other automotive companies had to go through to create viable battery packs and energy systems for their new electric cars.
Now you can begin to see why it’s so obvious that Elon is more interested in changing the face of the planet than racking up even more billions of dollars than he already has.
This has enabled electric car companies like Coda, Think, Tango, BYD, SABA Motors, and Venturi to dive headfirst into the marketplace with as much of a running head start as possible. It has allowed major automotive giants like Ford, Chevrolet, Honda, Toyota, and others to piggyback off of the technology that they have helped to pioneer to make electric vehicles more of a reality than they’ve ever been before.
The future of the electric car rests squarely on the back of these electric car companies
The cold hard truth of the matter is that we are only going to see commercially viable electric cars that people actually want to own if these electric car companies are able to continue to innovate, experiment, and rely on one another to pull their resources to solve a problem that the entirety of humanity faces.
The faster that we are able to create mass-produced and widely available electric cars and the infrastructure to sustain them the better off we are all going to be. Global emissions will drop like a stone; dependency upon fossil fuel will collapse as well, and we will finally begin to reverse some of the damage that we’ve done to the planet along the way.
It’s a very exciting time to be alive – and an even more exciting time to run or work for the electric car companies out there!