After more than a century of dominating the world’s roads and racecourses, the internal combustion engine (“ICE”) finally has a worthy competitor. Keen on cutting down their greenhouse gas emissions by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, several countries around the world have pledged to replace their ICE vehicles with zero-emission electric cars. Such cars run on rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs and produce zero emissions at the tailpipe, making them essential for any country that wants to achieve carbon neutrality in the coming decades.
Electric vehicles (“EVs”) are now taking on ICE cars on racecourses and giving them a run for their money. Jurgen Lunsmann, who has been racing an electric car at Perth’s Targa West motor rally against “petrolheads” for a couple of years, has had to put up with plenty of extension cord jokes. But at this year’s rally, there were no jokes to be heard after a team of volunteers raced an EV against fossil fuel cars, won its category, and landed in 10th place overall.
Anyone who has driven an EV knows that the acceleration from zero can be pretty insane. For example, most electric cars can go from zero to 60 mph in under eight seconds, with some of the high-end models doing so in just under three seconds. This acceleration makes EVs “virtually unbeatable” at speeds below 130km/h, says Lunsmann, as the power goes straight to their wheels instead of through a transmission as with fossil fuel vehicles. Of the three categories with 130kph, 165kph and 200kph speed limits, Lunsmann’s Tesla Model 3 came first in the 130kph category.
However, electric cars will have a hard time keeping up with ICE cars at speeds above 130kph. As speed increases, the amount of wind resistance an EV has to overcome increases significantly, rapidly increasing the rate of power consumption and reducing the range. At 200kph, Lunsmann says, his EV consumed 2.5% of its battery power per kilometer. This became a major problem as EVs take a while to recharge and transporting a supercharger that can recharge an EV in under 10 minutes to such a rally would not be logically and financially feasible.
Conversely, a fossil fuel car can have megajoules of energy on standby in simple jerry cans that can be injected into the vehicle in just seconds. In comparison, an EV can only charge at a rate of one cup of petrol every minute. For this year’s race, the team mobilized a fleet of charging units that included a truck-mounted EV battery, a truck-mounted diesel generator that ran on waste vegetable oil, and a modified electric car that could share power from its own battery. However, until the nascent EV space can find a solution that is as simple and elegant as the jerry can, EVs will have a hard time on long-distance races.
As EVs begin to prove that they are a worthy adversary to ICE vehicles in the most demanding of conditions, and as companies such as DSG Global Inc. (OTCQB: DSGT) increase their footprint in the distribution of electric vehicles, the days of fossil-fueled vehicular transportation may be coming to an end.
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