Is the Age of Electric Vehicles Finally Here

Electric vehicles should no longer be treated as a curiosity, but should be considered essential to national security and protection of the environment.

Published: 20-Jan-2009

Carmakers have been promising to deliver electric vehicles for more than a quarter of a century and always seem to come up short.

So with hybrid sales wavering and gasoline prices dropping, the announcement during the press preview leading into the North American International Auto Show of a slew of new electric and hybrid vehicles by Toyota, General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler LLC, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Fisker was greeted with skepticism from several quarters.

The skepticism is certainly well-founded and even helpful, because it underscores the serious challenges facing the automakers.

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