E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin
This is the second of a 4-part series of Posts regarding the growing presence of electric vehicles on our streets and roadways. You can check out Part 1 here: The Electric Vehicle an All-New Experience for The Driver, Biker, Bicyclist and Pedestrian
years, the automobile industry labored under the delusion that electric
vehicles had to look like something out of the future. It began with a DeLorean
and the movie Back to The Future.
some unknown reason, automobile manufacturers worldwide thought there must be a
distinct styling difference between the traditional automobile and truck if
they were electric.
taken the industry several decades to figure out that most of the automotive
buying public would prefer that their electric car has the same styling
characteristics as conventional automobiles.
all changing, and it's being driven primarily, at this point, by the Ford Motor
Company. You might have caught their commercials hinting that the radical
styling of electric vehicles is not going to be their approach and their electric
vehicles are going to follow the design lines of their current standard fossil
fuel powered vehicle offerings.
addition, virtually every automaker of any significance in the domestic and
commercial markets is now preparing to offer a growing array of traditionally
styled electric vehicles premiering over the next two to four years.
what this means to you as a daily driver.
look across the intersection at a stoplight, if the vehicle at the front of the
line was an electric car, it was easy to identify by the styling. Today, that
is becoming less and less the case.
rely on your visual perception that the vehicle waiting to charge across the
intersection is either gasoline, diesel or electrically powered.
what's the point you ask?
point is this. Electric-powered vehicles perform significantly different than
their fossil-fueled counterparts. First of all, as we noted in our previous Post,
they are certainly much quieter, and secondly they accelerate at a much more
that simply means is if you're preparing to jump into the intersection, and the
electric car across the street is preparing to turn in front of you, you no
longer have as much time to make the decision about whether to go forward or to
remain where you're at because the electric-powered vehicle is going to be in the middle of the
intersection much more quickly than you are used to.
driving factor, on the highway traditionally vehicles used to come up behind
you and move to the outside passing somewhat slowly as they accelerate and move
into the next lane, electric vehicles will perform this passing maneuver very
differently. They will often come up fast and quietly move to the outside rapidly
and pass at an even higher rate of speed than you would normally anticipate.
performance differences of faster acceleration and less noise are going to
force us all to rethink our driving habits.
caution will be required at stop lights, 4-way stops and intersections as
vehicles may accelerate from the red light, stop sign or 4-way stop much more
quickly than you might anticipate.
more people drive electric vehicles, they will become very familiar with the
new performance characteristics that have been put in their hands, and they are
sure to use them whenever the opportunity presents.
growing number of electric vehicles that will be joining the daily commute is
going to increase at an extremely rapid rate. Even the least expensive of these
electrically powered cars and trucks will have performance characteristics in
terms of power and acceleration that far exceed their traditional fossil-fuel
means is we are all going to need to adjust our driving habits and our process
of driving observation to accommodate the performance characteristics that will
allow these vehicles to start more quickly, accelerating more rapidly, running
through yellow lights at a higher rate of speed.
time to start thinking about all these issues now.
accident scene, these excuses are probably not going to play out very well.
didn't hear it coming.
I didn't think it was coming that fast.
It came across that intersection before I could get stopped.
It’s the electric car’s fault.
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