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Electric vehicles: Green tech titans set out their stall for 2017

New Year always brings plenty of prognoses for the future – and it's perhaps an even bigger clamour in the technology industries. 

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas always provides plenty of futuristic food for thought – and this year, a highlight was the unveiling of a seriously fast electric car. 

The race to be speediest EV

Faraday Future's FF91, unveiled at the show, is claimed to be the fastest electric car of them all, in fact. The simple statistics are certainly impressive: 0-60mph in 2.39 seconds. The #FF91 also happens to be self-driving – although there was a bit of embarrassment at the show when it failed to park itself on demand. 

Hiccups aside, it could well be a model that sparks something of a race for speed among high-concept electric car makers – in particular, with Tesla

Size and weight of batteries is going to be a significant point of contention in the mass production (and mass popularity) of high-speed electric cars, so it's safe to say that slightly more modest, and affordable, electric options are the here and now. 

Faraday Future's FF91 Image via Twitter
Image sourced via Faraday Future's official Twitter account

Charging without the wires

New charging technologies will also provide a helping hand to mass take-up – and a notable new innovation was unveiled at #CES2017. Ford showed off its wireless charging technology, whereby 'filling up' will only require stopping in a parking space. 

The aim is that batteries can be topped up even when the driver doesn't have the time on their hands for a full charge – and it's a technology that the company says will be available for business fleets as well as private vehicle owners. At the moment, however, it's going to be available for a much more select crowd, as part of a trial in European cities. 

Faraday Future's FF91 Image via Twitter
Image sourced via Faraday Future's official Twitter account

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There were some other intriguing green automotive manoeuvres to be found at the expo, which green industry website Edie touched on in its round-up of the best it saw. There was a bike-car cross of sorts, utilising pedals, a battery and the power of regenerative braking on four wheels, while several companies introduced their next generation artificial intelligence additions to their EV models, including their takes on autonomous driving. 

Faraday Future's FF91 Image via Twitter
Image sourced via Faraday Future's official Twitter account

Fridges and filters

Beyond the vehicular options, there were some other notable eco products amidst the future-gazing clamour of consumer gadgetry and AI. These included a 'smart fridge' geared to maximising the freshness of produce and minimising waste, and an air pollution-filtering scarf

As far as the latter goes, though, we tend to think dealing with the increasing problem of air pollution in our towns and cities is to find ways to get the gas-guzzlers off the road, and increase the pace of low-carbon vehicle uptake. Looking forward is a good thing, but there's a lot that can be done in the present to make life better for us all. 

Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or tweet @EnergySvgTrust.

All images sourced from the official Faraday Future Twitter account.

Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous magazines and journals.

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we want this clean energy future .... when do we want it? Now. ......Its tantalisingly close but so much vested interest seems to be blocking it.

As Jeremy Clarkson always asks - "But where is the electricity coming from?". Power stations are only around 30% fuel efficient, no better than conventional cars. Charging an electric car merely changes the location at which the pollution was created - and a lot of exotic materials are used to make their batteries. This is why, in the evolution of the car, all hybrids (both plug-in and range extended) plus full electric cars are a dead end, a step on the path towards the actual solution. The only viable solution so far are fuel cell cars, but they need a sustainable hydrogen manufacture infrastructure.