Engine Mapping Obsolete as EVs Emerge

It wasn’t that long ago that car performance enthusiasts couldn’t stop talking about engine mapping. No matter where you went, drivers bent on increasing the performance of their BMWs and Audis couldn’t stop talking about the various techniques for remapping a car engine. Since the start of 2018 however, all that talk has faded away. Engine mapping is being made obsolete by the emergence of electric vehicles (EVs).

Just to be clear, the EV concept is not new. British inventor Robert Anderson is largely credited with inventing the first electrically powered carriage back in the 1800s. The first successful electric car was built by an American named William Morrison in 1890.

We are still talking about EVs as cutting-edge technology more than 100 years later only because no one has been able to make the concept commercially viable. That brings us to the modern age and the reality that EVs are now on the doorstep.

Legislation Is Forcing Changes

Leaders in manufacturing and industry are not too keen on government interference for good reason. But history shows that legislation is sometimes needed to push innovation forward. That appears to be the case with EVs. A growing number of countries in Europe have made legislative moves to eventually rid the roadways of petrol and diesel vehicles. Those moves are forcing carmakers to ramp up their efforts to build a viable electric fleet.

Here in the UK, sales of petrol and diesel cars will no longer be allowed from 2040. The same holds true for France. Car dealers in the Netherlands will be restricted to electrics from 2025, and EVs will be the only choice in Norway and India beginning in 2030.

Even major cities are getting in on the act. Copenhagen leads the charge with a ban on all diesel-powered cars beginning in 2019. Los Angeles, Mexico City, Barcelona, Vancouver, and nearly half-a-dozen other cities will not allow diesel or petrol cars in all or portions of their municipalities from 2030.

Carmakers Are Responding

So, how is the legislation affecting carmakers? For starters, some of the biggest names have already left engine mapping behind in favour of developing better hybrids. Count BMW, Ford, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, and others among them. More importantly, two manufacturers have already committed to a complete change in business models beginning in 2019.

Smart will produce only EVs beginning in 2019, completely parting ways with the internal combustion engine. Volvo has decided to produce only EVs and hybrids beginning in 2019 as well. Their eventual goal is to do away with the hybrids too, but they see the need to continue making them for now as a transition to someday going fully electric.

Remapping a car’s engine may have been on your radar as a performance enthusiast, but it’s time to look beyond what is increasingly looking like a pedestrian pursuit. It is time to start thinking of ways to improve the performance of your next EV.


  1. Business Insider – http://www.businessinsider.com/countries-banning-gas-cars-2017-10#cities-like-barcelona-copenhagen-and-vancouver-all-plan-to-ban-gas-and-diesel-powered-cars-by-2030-7
  2. Independent – https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/volvo-car-electric-hybrid-vehicle-petrol-diesel-combustion-engine-a7824316.html

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