I had this moment… walking past the below electric vehicle charging station on my Mint business trip to Melbourne last week… I thought to myself: “In a few years we will all have such chargepoints in our front yard.” (See map of Australian chargepoints here…) It is pretty amazing what some of these companies do. Chargepoint in the US seems to be leading the way and the future will be bright especially once the world’s "Peak Oil" is reached.
Apparently a supercharger network by Tesla Motors has already been confirmed according to this post… Other companies such as GoGet or Mitsubishi’s i-MieV are already heading into the e-car direction as well…
If Steve Jobs was still around, would Apple have partnered with Tesla already to completely redesign a car and to seamlessly integrate all of Apple’s hard and software… Think about it? Cars have not changed much since the last century… 4 wheels, front steering, windows that open vertically, steering wheel… “Let’s think different”, Steve would have said… “Let’s steer a car with one button or your iPhone 6 Plus…” Rumors suggest he was thinking about the “iCar”…
I get really excited about the future of cars also looking at what google does in combining their driver-less cars with their latest maps technology and soon my Uber app will show me all these robot-driven cars in my area – or will it one day be jetpacks that pick me up anywhere? Either way, let’s hope the renewable energies and efficient rechargeable batteries soon hit the mass market to power our transportation.
Bjorn Behrendt is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive knowledge about online retail, payments and mobile commerce.