Why do EVs evolve so fast?
So, what is it that has allowed EVs to develop so quickly? One reason is that almost all of the parts that go into an EV are electronic, an area which itself is developing at a rapid rate. But perhaps the biggest reason is the expectations of EV users. One good example of that is the story behind the battery display on LEAF’s dash.
It started when LEAF’s chief vehicle engineer, Hidetoshi Kadota, attended a LEAF Owners Meeting in the USA. The moment Kadota asked people to tell him what they wanted, hands flew up across the room, and he was bombarded with enthusiastic requests. The most common of them was for a battery display like everyone was used to on their smartphones. Kadota explained just how difficult that was to achieve (see sidebar 1), but at the same time he was so moved by the enthusiasm of so many owners, he felt he had to try and do something to answer their requests. And so, when he got back to Japan, Kadota and the development team set to work to create a percentage display for LEAF’s dashboard.
Most of the advances in the LEAF minor change model have been precipitated by requests from owners. It is the enthusiasm and passion of EV owners that have spurred automobile manufacturers into action, and accelerated change. The next EVs.
As we have seen, the evolution of EVs in the twenty-first century has happened at a precipitous rate. And waiting just around the corner is the next stage, not just the evolution of one individual model, but the diversification into a whole family of electric vehicles. Going beyond passenger cars used for everyday transport, commercial vehicles, luxury cars, and new personal mobility units, EVs are beginning to diversify to cover all our mobility needs, and broaden our mobility horizons.
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