Range sells electric cars. Long range ones sell in 100 times the numbers and have three times the resale value. Also at the very-expensive end, Lightyear One 5-seat solar cars currently on sale hold the record at around 730 km. The new Porsche
Taycan seriously rivals Teslas in range but not at Lightyear distances because they have scorching performance.
Promises are easy compared to that actual rubber on the road, but Elon Musk promises his next Roadster will achieve 1000 km, presumably without solar because "solar is not very helpful". His sports car will have little suitable area.
The challenge will be to achieve 750-1000 km without massive 120 kWh batteries
compounding issues of safety, cost, space, weight, ride, supply shortages and toxicity. Lightyear manages with only 60 kWh achieved with help from spartan interior, lowest drag factor and in-wheel axial-flux motors of highest kW/kg. Range extends battery life.
and sister company Kia have hit the button with affordable pure-electric cars with good range. Hyundai has a small high-efficiency solar roof on its affordable Sonata hybrid. It adds 10% to range for light users. Hyundai promises two more types of advanced solar roof that will increase range on its pure-electric cars.
Smart materials and structural electronics are now key enabling technologies for EVs and the leading show revealing the future of these is Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing
part of the IDTechEx Show!
Santa Clara 20-21 November with Porsche, Hyundai, GM, Aston Martin, BMW
to Volocopter), Airbus
and the world's leading smart material companies such as Asahi Kasei
, ZEON, Arkema
presenting and/or exhibiting. So are the research centres of the US Army
, US Navy
and United Technologies. Expect 3500+ paying delegates, 270+ exhibitors, 250+ speakers.
Hear Bye Aerospace
on its long-range pure-electric aircraft with optional solar body adding 100 km to its already record range and its huge orderbook. Range sells as does rock-bottom cost of ownership.