There’s no mystery about it: electric cars of the future will be autonomous and connected. This will happen because an electric autonomous car is cheaper in the long run;
easier to recharge than it is to refill a tank thanks to wireless charging;
able to improve traffic and provide remarkable energy efficiency;
safer both for passengers and the environment.
The only problem is that autonomous vehicle computing, sensors, and connectivity consume a lot of electricity. This means that the driving range of an electric vehicle suffers. However, some of that range can be reclaimed with smart routing and advanced battery technologies.
Clearly, the benefits of autonomous and connected EVs outweigh the drawbacks. Electric car companies prove that. General Motors has recently revealed the self-driving Bolt EV that will get to market within 2019. In October 2017, the Swedish company NAVYA released a fully autonomous bus. It’s the first 100% autonomous vehicle available for commercial use. And it has an electric engine.