When it comes to Sci-Fi, writers and screenwriters have had to come up with innovative and futuristic ideas for societies in which they have not lived. Let’s just quickly mention that Robert Zemeckis figured there would be hoverboards and power-lacing shoes by 2015. But, what about the electric cars future?
Sometimes, this technology featured in films is not far off from what we are capable of. Including new electric vehicles. Find out more here.
Right: Electric Powered Vintage Cars
Though electric vehicles have only most recently become popularised in the 21st century, they have been predicted in certain Sci-Fi films. It would make sense for the future to have more advanced transportation and many films depict electric cars future through the use of vintage cars.
In the 1997 film Gattaca, the main characters drive in classic cars that a 90s audience would recommend, for example, Citroens and Volvos. However, to make the film appear to be set in a not-too-distant society, these vehicles are electric powered. Similar to the Citroen C4 and E-C4 and Volvo’s C40 Recharge.
Wrong: Self-Driving Cities
Anything resembling a grid of transportation that is centrally controlled is still many years away. This requires not only the types of cutting-edge radar sensors that are lacking from even current EVs with modest levels of autonomy but also, vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems that have not even been thoroughly planned out.
Many Sci-Fi films make similar claims that in electric cars future, there will be self-driving technology. And this isn’t far off. Currently, there are numerous EV manufacturers that offer self-driving features to help save drivers from any accidents. In Minority Report, Tom Cruise’s John Anderton drives a Lexus 2054 (designed specifically for the film). Yet, it is the likes of Mercedes, BMW and of course Tesla, that is offering autonomous driving in recent models.
Although Lexus does not have a self-driving EV, it has created a concept for a self-charging hybrid. Instead of having to be plugged in, the Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid, through its braking system, recovers energy that is then stored to charge the vehicle. Yet, it still does need petrol filling up, just like any other fossil-fuelled vehicle. Which, as petrol prices continue to rise, will mean costs may become more expensive. Though the technology is there, many drivers still prefer to drive fully-electric vehicles; for which, portable EV chargers can be implemented.
EVs Based on Films
However, it’s not just electric vehicles that are featured in films. EVs have now started to reference the Sci-Fi films that first created these ideas. Due to being released in 2024, the Alpha5 is set to compete with the Porsche Taycan in all aspects; speed, performance and aesthetic. In homage to the classic 80s film, the DeLorean Alpha5 won’t travel back to 1955 when hitting 88mph, but it is sure to make a shock to the electric car market in the future.
Since Goldfinger in 1964, James Bond has been associated with the car manufacturer Aston Martin. And coming in 2025, it looks like Bond is going completely electric, with the release of the Valhalla. Aston Martin has stated that they will be making all their factories carbon neutral by 2030, in line with the ban on new fossil-fuelled vehicles.
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