In a new In Studio capsule, our presenters Antoine Joubert and Mathieu Roy discuss a growing problem in the industry, which is increasing vehicle weight.
“This is an issue for the entire automotive industry. We don’t seem to care at all,” notes Antoine. He goes on to explain that the weight of cars contributes to the deterioration of road conditions.
“But that’s not the only problem. It’s also the fact that a heavier car uses more energy, whether it’s an electric car or a petrol car.”
Less driving fun
Antoine notes that being overweight takes away the joy of driving. As an example, he cites the 100% electric BMW i4 M50 sedan and its petrol counterpart, the 4 Series Gran Coupé. The first – although more powerful – is 450 kg heavier.
Photo: BMW AG
“The car is 50% less comfortable to drive than a 4 Series. You no longer have that feeling of lightness, agility and precision in the steering,” regrets Antoine.
In addition, the increasing weight also affects petrol vehicles. Antoine cites the Honda Civic as an example. In 1984 the car weighed 800 kg, today it weighs 1,400 kg. Of course, like all vehicles in the industry, the Civic is far more comfortable, technological and safer than its predecessor.
Photo: Antony Lajoie-Beadoin
An easier future?
“I firmly believe in Lucid’s technology. [Le constructeur] managed to develop more compact and lighter batteries to achieve greater autonomy,” says Antoine.
Photo: Antoine Joubert
As a result, he and Mathieu believe that research and development will push manufacturers to create technologies – such as batteries and motors – that are lighter and more efficient.
Watch the video capsule at the top of this article for all the details.