The Power of the Electron

Note: This article is by Keanu Skinner of Universal Technical Institute, the winner of Shear Comfort’s Automotive Scholarship for the Spring 2017 school semester.

Lately in the automotive industry, many eyes have been focused on the progression of EV, or electric vehicle, technologies. With the rise of auto companies such as Tesla Motors and Rimac Automobili — as well as efforts from major manufacturers — electric vehicle technology hasn’t just been appealing to environmentalists and the everyday driver: it’s got the attention of performance enthusiasts. Since technology always seems to crawl from the highest-end vehicles down, hybrid and EV technologies are certainly going to be commonplace in the near future.


The Future of Cars is Electrifying


In high performance applications, EV technology is no slouch. Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, as well as Koenigsegg and Rimac (most notably), are all using EV technology in their quickest models. Koenigsegg, utilizing battery technology supplied by Rimac, has been able to create a car that can reach 249 mph, from a dead stop, in less than twenty seconds — without a gearbox. Surely, similar technology will eventually make its way into the everyday car. It’s absolutely mind blowing to think about what the possibilities of this technology are for the future.

Koenigsegg Hybrid Car

Koenigsegg Hybrid Car (Image from Left Lane)

The benefits of a hybrid or fully electric automobile is like icing on the cake. Though there are varying opinions of EV technology, one would be certain that its usefulness can, and already has been, acknowledged. For one, a hybrid or electric vehicle saves people money. In the long run, people don’t spend as much on their fuel expenditures. In addition, this technology opens up so many different possibilities. Without a huge combustion engine taking up a whole bunch of space, a car can be much more compact and be able to have greater amounts of storage space. Of course, the combustion engine is not going anywhere. It’s simply evolving, and this is its future.

It’s quite evident that governments are also making strides to converting to electric cars and trucks. For example, Germany’s federal council has recently made the decision to attempt to make electric vehicles mandatory by the year 2030. This is likely due to emission concerns and public desire for “green” alternatives. The idea of an electric automobile future is not just a wild idea; many have decided that this is the route that the automotive industry will take.


How I Will Drive the Automotive Industry Forward


I will be involved in the future of the automotive industry; I am training to be an auto technician and will one day work for Mercedes-Benz. There is no better school to become a technician than Universal Technical Institute, and there is no company more ready for the future than Mercedes-Benz. It is through this school that I will prepare for the future of this ever evolving industry.


Check out the winning essay of our Spring 2015 Scholarship