We live in an ever-changing world. Up until recently, we measured how capable a car is of meeting our respective needs by the number of cylinders living under its bonnet. And now, if the 2018 Geneva Motor Show is any indication, we stand on the brink of measuring grunt by the number of electric motors we can strap to each wheel.
The same goes for performance potion too. Manufacturers used to make grand claims about the distance its cars can cover on a single tank of petrol. Now, we read that the Extended Range Electric Vehicles, or EREVs in short, can cover greater distances on a single charge, than say our fossil-mobiles can do on a hardearned tank of liquid gold.
In the near future, we won’t simply report that in this edition, the combined number of cylinders between all our test-vehicles worked out to 32 – which it did, mind you. Instead, we will be using babble terms such as; the electric motor provided an amplitude of spark, or the torque delivery from the high-current motor was startling.
And that brings us to the one aspect to look forward to when all our cars’ names bear some resemblance to the Transformers gang. That instantaneous torque.
See, because of things like Electromotive Force and Rotating Armatures, electric vehicles have a flat torque curve, as opposed to an ascending curve that is associated with an internal combustion engine. And because of this, these futuristic cars can accelerate off the line with the ferocity associated with supercars – making a reasonably conservative spark(y) about the same amount of fun to drive than a purebred sports car, except maybe in the bends of the Franschhoek Pass.
Isn’t that, in essence at least, what we petrol-heads are all looking for in a car?
Up until voltage is a replacement for trampling horses though, our normal service of giving you advice on fuelguzzlers will resume.
And while Driven continues to innovate and evolve, you can be assured that we will continue to be the driving force in the premium motoring space – that simply won’t change.
We welcome your letters to the editor. Drive on!