If you’ve been listening to analysts in the automobile industry, you know 2018 is supposed to be a big one for self-driving and electric cars. In fact, according to Detroit News, overall market share for electric vehicles is for the first time expected to go beyond four percent in 2018. This is going to make auto news headlines in the coming months.
If you could guess who is driving those numbers, which automaker would you pick? If you said Tesla, you’d be right, at least by some estimation. Elon Musk, the leader of Tesla, said he expects to sell 5,000 Model 3 sedans a week in the first three months of the year.
Also of note is General Motor’s Chevy Bolt, which will be available for all 12 months of 2018. The popular Nissan Leaf is also looking to have a banner year, which is helping analysts to make their predictions for a good 2018.
It’s been a slow process, but electric cars are finally inching closer to being mainstream. They aren’t quite there yet, but they are definitely out of the niche market category and sales are expected to continue to increase.
Even the self-driving car is going to get a significant boost in coming closer to mainstream as big manufacturers like Ford and GM announced plans to make their self-driving cars in either hybrid or fully electric platforms.
Ford and GM executives have touted 2018 as a big year for their self-driving programs. Ford is looking to launch their self-driving fleet in 2021, but they’ve been secretive about exactly what that launch is going to entail.
GM, on the other hand, revealed that they plan to have their Bolt EV model in a self-driving option available to the public in 2019.
Straying From Space Age to Today
There exists a thought in the minds of many that self-driving cars are still years and years away from being a reality. However, advancements made in 2017 prove this is not the case. The problem is that dealers will have to sway these nay-saying consumers and convince them that their next new vehicle should be an electric or self-driving model.
What do your buyers think about all the new technology? Will they be willing to leave the combustion engine behind and let the electric car do the driving?