Tesla And The Push Toward An Electric Car Future
When it comes to electric automobiles, Tesla is usually the first name that comes to mind. Known for producing high-end cars powered by exceptionally strong batteries, Tesla is quickly becoming a leader in electric car manufacturing. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, see’s his company as more than a electric car manufacturer, but rather a company that will instill a change in our world by striving to pursue a sustainable energy future. At our current rate, our planet will not be able to keep up with our consumption of nonrenewable energy sources, including fossil fuel and petroleum in the future. Our reliance on gasoline to power one of the most important objects in our lives will soon overpower the supply of this resource, leaving our growing population to switch to more renewable sources.
Tesla currently offers 3 different models of their cars, which includes the Model S, Model X, and Model 3. The Model S is their flagship model, representing the high-end car market. The Model X is their sport utility model, designed with families in mind. The Model 3 is their entry-level car, coming in at $35,000. The battery that powers each car delivers a driving range of 205-265 miles per charge. When the battery requires a charge, your home wall connector, manufactured by Tesla, will charge a fully depleted battery to full capacity in 5-6 hours. For those that wonder what you would do on a longer road trip, Tesla has created the Supercharger. Capable of fully charging your car battery in under 2 minutes, Tesla has begun to install Supercharger stations throughout the country.
This is an interesting concept to think about, considering that with the efficiency delivered by Tesla batteries, we could potentially have a future without gas stations pumping gasoline. Tesla plans to have charging stations installed all throughout the country, making it just as easy to charge your car as it would be to fill up your tank with gas. This could have a drastic impact on the rising demand for gasoline, and lower our reliance on foreign countries for sourcing our oil and natural gas. An electric car future would also strong influence on cutting back emissions from gas powered vehicles, possibly reversing changes in the atmosphere.
Tesla cars, as a whole, won’t be the defining factor in pursuing an electric car future. Electric cars have long been regarded as the best renewable energy powered vehicles, but what has held us back for so long is the performance of the batteries. Having a driving range of 80-130 miles with an electric vehicle may be okay for some, but in the long run, gas powered vehicles will be a better choice for transportation. What is important is the advances in battery technology that Tesla has made, which will allow us to power cars with the same efficiency as gas powered engines.When you couple that with the advances in quickly charging these batteries, we are finally on the cusp of being able to truly see some progress in widely using renewable energy sources for cars. In the coming years, I believe that Tesla will continue to lead the way in developing stronger, more efficient batteries, and the allure of having an electric car will appeal to more and more consumers.