The rise of EVs is inevitable, whether you like it or not

Electric cars are still in their infancy, but the technology is growing rapidly. People are embracing EVs and automakers are quickly shifting gears to make sure they aren’t left behind in this rEVolution.

Although internal combustion engine cars are here for the foreseeable future, ultimately, EVs will rise to power. There has been a huge transition in the last decade. Some may call it the herd mentality, but people are more accepting of EVs now than ever thanks to the rise of specialist EV automakers like Tesla and Rivian.

Until a few years back, you only had models like the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, and the Chevy Bolt – to name a few – that were popular. Now, however, almost every automaker has an electric offering for its customers. So, looks like it’s time we talk about how electric cars have evolved over the years.

Electric Car Q&A

How do electric cars work?

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Electric cars have battery packs, similar to your mobile phones, that use electricity to charge. Instead of refuelling, you plug it into a charging socket to replenish the batteries. This, in turn, powers the electric motors that turn the wheels.

How Long Do Electric Cars Last?

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Since electric cars are fairly new, there isn’t enough data to say if the cars can last for multiple decades or not. The biggest concern in EVs is the battery, and most automakers offer a five-year warranty on the same. Tesla is developing a battery pack that’ll last for a million miles, so the technology is only getting better, and so is the reliability. Also, it ultimately boils down to the way the EV is maintained.

How Many Electric Cars are in the U.S.?

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Electric car sales are growing rapidly in the U.S. From 2010 to 2016, there were less than 500,000 EVs sold. At the end of 2019, that figure rose to 1.45 million.

In 2018, the highest number of EVs were sold in a single year – 361,307. So, roughly about 1.5 million electric vehicles are sold in the U.S. as of the first quarter of 2020.

Who Makes Electric Cars?

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Almost every automaker today makes electric cars. There are upcoming companies like Rivian, Fisker, Bollinger, and so on that will build and sell only EVs. As of today, there’s just only pure EV companies and the rest who build both internal combustion engine cars as well as electric vehicles. These are the most popular EV automakers in the U.S. today:

Tesla, General Motors, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, BMW, FCA, Volkswagen.

Final Thoughts

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Since EVs are getting popular and people are getting exposed to them, sales will consistently rise every year. If you were in the market for a car today and an EV would fit your requirements, would you opt for one or wait a couple more years to see how EVs fare? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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