The Coming Electric Car 'Explosion'

Mike Cote sees the growth of the electric-drive vehicle market driven largely by the price of gasoline.

Published: 03-Feb-2011

Advances in battery technology are propelling the emerging success of the electric vehicle market, with manufacturers like General Motors, Nissan and Ford introducing new models this year to steal market share from Toyota, Honda and Tesla.

“Depending upon gas prices, the use of electric vehicles could explode,” says Dan Zimmerle, power system R&D manager at Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory in Fort Collins. “In some regions of the country (such as Colorado), electric prices are relatively low and fuel prices are relatively locked at the national price so it could become very financially attractive for people to move to electric vehicles. “

During the “Smart Grid Live” event in Fort Collins earlier this month, we had a chance to talk with Zimmerle, who also serves as an adjunct professor at CSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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