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The Future of Personal Electric Vehicles (PEV)

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The Future of Personal Electric Vehicles (PEV)

Our lifestyles have changed dramatically since the 1990s, starting with mobile phones and going to 5G.  In our world, everything gets faster and accessible compared to the 80 eras and earlier.

One cannot talk about this smart technological revolution without mentioning the PEV ”alternative transportation” that’s recently started to come into our life. PEV is an abbreviation for Personal Electric Vehicle and is a term for last-mile mobility transportation; electric scooters, electric unicycles, e-bikes, and other modern electric personal conveyances.

This article was written because these machines are reminiscent of the first giant size mobile phones so common when the mobile phone was new to the market in the 80s. Then, as the market became sophisticated, the phones started getting smaller and more powerful. Over the years they developed into a small device with many previously unthought-of features and computer power equal to a high-performance computer.

PEV•NEWS believes the mobile phone revolution cycle will be repeated in the PEV industry making changes in a similar way, maybe even better. Using the example of electric scooters and unicycles, most of them today are used by adults for commuting or recreation. They usually weigh between 30 pounds to 100 pounds depending on the price and performance.

PEV•NEWS believes that the PEV has a bright future and PEVs will change our lifestyle even more for the better.

 To illustrate this, PEV•NEWS will make some future predictions:

1. The PEV weight will be reduced as better lighter materials are used, possibly resulting in a three-fold reduction of weight. The same PEV will be more robust yet more convenient, allowing the rider to easily carry and bring the PEV wherever the rider has to go, the office, the store, or the apartment… 

PEV•NEWS sees this happening soon. Even now start to see very light materials in the market like carbon fiber, kevlar, Allite Super Magnesium, and others being tested in the product development process.

These materials are solutions to lower the weight of the actual PEV body parts presently mostly made of aluminium. 

Lithium-ion battery packs are heavy and sizable,  making light and small PEVs difficult to develop. However, battery technology developments are on-going and powered by the much larger electric car market. All of the advantages of the new Tesla batteries will translate directly to the PEVs.

Due to the desire for green energy, many companies and universities are working on R&D projects to develop a better lithium-ion alternative that can be lighter, last longer, charge fast, and safer. This impacts PEVs in a very significant way. 

2.  Processors and algorithms that manage the power and balance and assist the rider in avoiding accidents, with sensors to detect speed wobbles or dangerous maneuvers. Control boards become more capable. 

This prediction could open the door to new features previously unimagined. Features such as Voice commands, voice warnings, automatic balance systems, serious obstacle avoidance, motor cut-out warnings’ and much more. 

3.  New light technologies will improve the visibility of the PEV while lowering battery drain. 4.  More sophisticated balance algorithms can detect dangerous unbalanced conditions and correct them. This would make the PEV considerably safer and reduce the learning curve with some of the devices. 

This development would allow the PEV to travel at higher speeds. Today, PEVs can exceed 50 miles per hour. But the rider has to be careful at these speeds as all the control is on the rider. When the computer can assist in the control, reducing decision times, higher speeds become less of a liability. This would also allow collision avoidance. 

4.  Sophisticated digital locks which prevent theft of the PEV and allow a stolen PEV to be tracked. The PEV could auto lock as the rider walks away and unlock when the rider approaches the vehicle. 

5. Traffic and location detection sensors that keep the PEV from straying into traffic lanes. 

6. Weight shifting balance systems that allow two-wheel and even one-wheel vehicles to self-drive. This means the scooter could park itself and come and get the rider when needed. Segway already has one under development. 

7. More capable SOUND systems to converge our phones and PEVs as entertainment and communications devices. PEVs will be like portable headphones for your phone, allowing in ride calling and music listening. 

At PEV•NEWS, we encourage the reader to revisit this article in the future and see what predictions come true. Feel free to leave your opinion on the PEV•NEWS site along with any predictions you might have. 

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