The future is e-bikes!
By the year 2023 ,there will be 300 million electric bikes on the world’s roads, as Deloitte reports (via Car and Driver).
It just goes to show that e-bikes aren’t going away – they are becoming more mainstream, proving that they haven’t just been a trend.
What can we expect from e-vehicles of the future?
Think more sustainable advancements and innovations that aim to make your experience of driving or riding them much more comfortable.
Curious about what the future has in store?
Here are some exciting electric vehicle concepts to know about. We’ll start with four e-bike innovations.
- 1 eMTBs Will Monitor Riders
- 2 Pedal-Free Bikes Will Be A Trend
- 3 Cheaper E-Bike Batteries Will Arrive
- 4 You Could Own An “Invisible” E-Bike
- 5 The Future Of E-Cars: What We Can Expect
- 6 Are E-Bikes As Popular As E-Cars?
- 7 Related Questions
- 8 Conclusion
eMTBs Will Monitor Riders
One of the most exciting things we can expect from electric mountain bikes in the near future is that the e-bikes will be able to monitor riders – this will include monitoring their heart rates.
It’s not about fitness, though – it’s about measuring how comfortable a rider feels during the ride, as eMTB test rider Alex Boyce tells Red Bull, and then this information will be used to make the ride more comfortable, which is pretty cool.
Pedal-Free Bikes Will Be A Trend
Automobile manufacturer Skoda has developed what’s known as their Klement e-bike concept that’s already turning heads: it’s a pedal-free bike that makes use of tilting footrests instead of pedals.
How these footrests work is that you can accelerate by tilting them forward and then make use of regenerative braking when you tilt them backwards.
But the e-bike has other cool features: a top speed of 45mph, which is about 20-25mph more than what you’ll find on today’s e-bikes.
The company’s hope is that vehicles such as this one will be able to overcome legal limitations affecting e-bikes and how they’re categorized around the world.
Cheaper E-Bike Batteries Will Arrive
The battery in your e-bike is one of its most important components, and technological developments will change how we see and use e-bike batteries.
While lithium ion batteries have become the standard for e-bikes because of their efficiency, soon we’ll have Graphene-Lithium nano technology.
This will improve the battery’s energy density and be up to 40 percent cheaper, as Bike Europe reports.
In addition, European researchers are also working on rechargeable graphene batteries that can be charged up to 50 times with an efficiency of 94 percent, helping to make e-bikes more sustainable.
The reason for this efficiency is the phosphates in biomolecules, chemicals that allow NaO2 (sodium air) to be recycled faster during the process of charging the battery.
The use of sodium anodes as well as oxygen trapping cathodes helps to make these devices have distinctive rechargeable abilities, as Bike Europe reports.
You Could Own An “Invisible” E-Bike
Bosch has a concept e-bike that’s black and white to camouflage some of the common e-bike components that are usually visible and can make bikes look cluttered.
The e-bike boasts an integrated on-board display with controls for it being located on the bike’s handlebars and brake levers that blend in with the black handlebars.
As for the brake system’s cables, these are completely out of the way, situated inside the structure so that the e-bike looks neat and clean.
All this creates a sleek, futuristic appearance as well as a more comfortable ride.
The Future Of E-Cars: What We Can Expect
Now that we’ve looked at some exciting e-bike innovations we can expect in the near future, let’s look at some e-car trends.
E-Car Batteries With Faster Charging Times
There’s also exciting battery innovation when it comes to e-cars on the roads. It’s said that in the near future, we’ll have e-car batteries that will be able to give cars a full charge in just 10 minutes!
The use of higher temperatures will enable lithium ion batteries to charge.
Now, as you probably know, heat and e-car batteries don’t exactly go together, but a team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University (via The Guardian) have come up with the brilliant idea of using nickel foil in their battery design.
How it works is that it creates a heating environment for the battery so that it can safely reach higher temperatures without getting damaged!
Wireless E-Car Charging
It’s not always easy to be able to charge your electric vehicle, but in the near future you won’t need to power up your e-car’s battery with electricity – you’ll be able to make use of wireless charging!
How this will work sounds like it comes from a futuristic movie: electricity will be transferred from one magnetic coil in the charger that’s located underneath the road’s surface to another magnetic coil underneath the e-car.
As an e-car driver, you’ll just need to park over this spot to be able to charge your car.
Excitingly, this idea is already being tested with electric taxis in the U.K., as NS Business reports, so it’s sure to hit the global scene within a few years.
Speech recognition technology has become much more mainstream, and soon electric vehicles will also benefit from it.
As we saw earlier in this article, e-cars and e-bikes are going to become much more minimalist in the near future, with their designs avoiding clutter.
The use of speech recognition can also help in this regard because you won’t have to use lots of buttons or levers when using your e-vehicle.
It’s said that within the next five years, e-vehicles will be able to benefit from voice-activated assistance, and that’s a total game-changer.
Just imagine: if you need to change a setting in your e-vehicle, you won’t have to do it yourself but can make use of voice-activated technology to do it for you!
This will not only be more convenient but also much safer because you can keep your eyes on the road, which is exactly where they should be.
“Smart Glass” E-Car Displays
Screens and displays in e-cars are set to experience massive innovations in the not-too distant future.
What can we expect?
Traditional screens will be replaced by the windshield glass and side window glass – these will become smart displays for the driver to use for a variety of functions, such as navigation.
As Irish Tech News reports, this “smart glass” tech has already been created by an Israeli company called Gauzy so it should soon be a feature we see in many electric cars.
Are E-Bikes As Popular As E-Cars?
While there’s often news about e-cars and how they will change in the future, it’s easy to think that e-cars are a step ahead of e-bikes when it comes to their popularity.
But this is proving to not be the case.
There has been what’s known as a “bike boom,” with e-bikes becoming a much more popular mode of transportation.
One of the reasons for this is that they’re accessible to a range of people, such as those who are fit enough to cycle on a regular bike and those who are older or not as mobile as they used to be.
By 2023, the amount of e-bike sales on a global level will hit 40 million, as Bike Europe reports.
There are many good reasons for this. It’s cheaper to use an e-bike compared to a car, it reduces air pollution, and it’s much easier to park an e-bike!
The above stat shows that e-bikes are definitely on the road to becoming mainstream.
And, since a greater number of people are moving into urban areas, it makes sense that people will want to choose e-bikes instead of cars because they make it so much easier to get around without harming the environment.
How many cars will be electric by 2030?
Research states that electric vehicle annual sales will be greater than 3.5 million in 2030, as Edison Electric Institute (EEI) reports.
How do electric cars work?
These vehicles work by storing electricity into their batteries when they’re charged. The battery then sends power to the motor, and the motor makes the wheels turn.
Can e-bikes save you money in the future?
Owning an e-bike instead of a car can definitely save you money. E-bikes are much easier to maintain and they’re easy to use without requiring expensive gas to run.
There’s no doubt about it: electric vehicles are the way of the future.
We can expect many exciting technologies that will shake up our transportation, make our bike rides and car trips more comfortable, and help us have smarter ways to get around without harming the planet.
In this article, we’ve looked at some tech trends to watch out for when it comes to e-bikes and e-cars. It’s clear to see: the future is electric!