PHOTO CAPTION: 2011 Chevrolet Volt using public charger in Portland, Oregon.

Is the Infrastructure Ready for the Rush of Electric Cars?

By 2020, PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates between 2 and 5 percent of all light vehicles will be pure electric.

Published: 10-Oct-2010

As major automakers are ready to roll electric cars in the U.S., the question doing the round is if charging infrastructure and electricity supply are up to the task.

Many industry watchers and experts have questioned the ability of charging infrastructure to suport electric vehicles even though they form a fraction of the entire car market.

How and where will drivers be able to recharge their all-important lithium-ion batteries, particularly if those drivers venture far from home? In most cases, this means they plan to drive farther than the 160 to 240 kilometers they'll get from a fully charged battery.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Arcimotor plans to sell the vehicle for under $20,000.

The all-electric prototype took two years and $100,000 to build and has range of 50 miles.

Nancy Gioia appointed director of Ford Global Electrification

Nancy Gioia has been named director of Ford Global Electrification.


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