The media is fond of telling us that electric vehicles are over-hyped and destined to disappoint their owners. I took some people to the Alt Car Expo in Santa Monica a few weeks ago who told me all the things that EVs need to be: inexpensive and roomy – without that nagging “range anxiety.”
“Sure, that would be nice,” I explained. “And we’ll get there. But in the meanwhile, you may wish to look at the bigger picture.”
I went on to point out that in the US, we’re in the process of replacing 230 million cars and trucks. This year, Nissan will be making 20,000 Leafs (Leaves?) available to its dealers (one ten-thousandth of the installed base of internal combustion engines) – and they’re going to sell like hotcakes.
EVs aren’t for everyone right now, but think of how many multi-car households in single-family dwellings with garages have one car that commutes to and from work and performs local errands. I submit that a very large percentage of them would simply love to never pull into another gas station.
So what else will happen this same year?
Are EVs all things to all people? Of course not. The Wright brothers didn’t build a Boeing 777 either. I’m sure the Kitty Hawk Times reported that their invention was over-hyped, but that’s not the way I see it.
Article by Craig Shields, appearing courtesy 2GreenEnergy.