Electric Car Deals Today Will Move Transportation Tomorrow

Ken Silverstein considers the early successes and inevitable failures of the news electric vehicle industry and how transportation will be transformed... eventually.

Published: 22-Feb-2013

Electric cars are taking some time to power up. But for how long and do they actually have a permanent place in the domestic transport sector?

It’s a wise investment not just for the American economy but also for the global environment, the White House says, adding that the nation spends trillions on the importation of oil. It acknowledges that the market for those vehicles is slow to develop, noting that there is a lack of infrastructure and that the cars are too expensive relative to the easy-to-fuel gasoline-powered cars.

To that end, public-private partnerships are now working to facilitate the electric car and advanced battery technologies, says Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who recently spoke before the Washington Auto Auto show. Such collective efforts, for example, have resulted in the doubling of energy density for lithium-ion batteries that would have the practical effect of reducing cost another 50 percent while increasing the driving distance with no “fuel” to 300 miles, says Chu.


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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