Barriers to the Future of EVs
From expensive materials to challenges in customer adoption to hiring engineering talent, the EV space is burdened by a variety of design and manufacturing obstacles. New electric vehicle innovation can be costly, which highlights the importance of implementing cost-effective CAD and PDM solutions throughout the development process to alleviate bottlenecks.
First, the lack of infrastructure looms large for the future of EVs. Electric vehicles require a different suite of care and maintenance, such as charging stations. For families looking to take a quick trip to the closest beach or get out of the city for a weekend, accessing charging stations can present real challenges and even deter them from buying EVs – who wants to plan their trips around a full battery when you can just fill up at a nearby gas station with a conventional car?
These days, time is money and where consumers see challenges, product designers and innovators see opportunity. The success of electric car innovations requires significant investment into electricity-related technology across the nation and the world: In the United States alone, switching completely to electric vehicles would increase energy demand by 25 percent, or over 1 trillion kWh each year.
Next, functionality. Electric vehicles typically have a smaller range than conventional vehicles due to battery limitations and charging time. When traveling, waiting extra hours for a battery to charge can feel exhausting. Just take a look on social media to see all of the creative solutions people are trying to circumvent this functionality and convenience gap – from turning off the AC in hopes of making the battery charge faster to experimenting with new driving techniques to increase driving range.
These factors may make EVs appear less functional and convenient compared to their fossil fuel-powered counterparts. Additionally, this perceived difference in value can be exacerbated by the higher sticker price of electric vehicles – approximately $10,000 on average. Again, where some see barriers to EV adoption, others see opportunities for the future of electric cars with startups, ideas for innovation hubs, and design challenges to tackle.
From improving battery efficiency to increasing driving range, companies around the globe are working on electric car innovations that enhance functionality, accessibility, and convenience by refining their own product development processes.
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