Is the Electric Vehicle Industry Gaining Momentum?

Kris Settle finds all the outdated stereotyping of electric cars as 'boring, unattractive, and underperforming hunks of space-age junk... tiresome.'

Published: 14-Feb-2013

There seems to be a lot of back and forth lately about the performance (or lack thereof) of the electric vehicle (EV) industry.

Reuters released a scathing article earlier this month on the lack of development of electric vehicles, citing inefficiencies in technology, bloated prices, and a lack of fueling stations as reasons the industry is “still not ready for prime time – and may never be.”

But the concept of all EVs being boring, unattractive, underperforming hunks of space-age junk is outdated, and quite frankly, it’s tiresome. If you look at the market trends with a different scope, realizing the industry is still in its infancy, EVs’ show great signs of vitality. In fact, some vehicles have earned very strong praise from critics and consumers alike.


President Obama announces on March 7, 2012 the EV Everywhere Challenge Daimler Truck factory in Mt. Holly, N.C.

Goal of program is make electric vehicles more affordable and convenient to own and drive than today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.

EPA rates the Coda electric car at 88 miles per charge, currently the highest range available.

Dave Herron analyses the comparative costs of the current crop of plug-in cars.

Bruce Sargent charges Nissan LEAF in Central Point, Oregon. Photo credit: AP

The stations go from the California border north to the Oregon city of Cottage Grove.


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