The Case For and Against Electric Cars

Summary of Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar in La Jolla, CA.

Published: 17-Apr-2010

LA JOLLA, Calif. — A panel of scientific experts, looking into various sustainable mobility solutions for the auto industry here on Tuesday, came up with some unexpected conclusions.

EV World will be posting video from the Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar, including the presentations by the various academicians mentioned in this article.

“There is no case for electric vehicles, scientifically,” said Jan F. Kreider, an alternative-fuels specialist and professor at the University of Colorado.

Another panelist, Robert Bryce, author and editor of the Energy Tribune, was asked if he agreed. “Electric cars are ‘the next big thing,’” he said, “and always will be.”

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The range limitations of most early electric cars will matter less in tightly packed urban areas, where the daily driving distance is likely to be much shorter than in the suburbs or rural areas.

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