Electric Cars: A Win for Auto Industry and Electric Utilities

Reid Smith offers his analysis of recent rollout of electric vehicles at the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

Published: 17-Jan-2011

At this week’s Detroit Auto Show, electric vehicles are on top. Two of the year’s highest-rated cars are electric. The plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volt was awarded this year’s “Car of the Year,” just beating out the all-electric Nissan LEAF.

But regardless of which car wins, the message is clear: electric cars are generating a lot of excitement.

It’s not just the auto industry that will benefit. The EV industry offers growth to other industries as well, including the energy efficiency sector.


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.

Front view of Arcimoto Pulse being developed outside Portland, Oregon.

Professional planner Larry Weymouth thinks our urban transportation system can be adapted to the realities of the new century.


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