'All Roads Lead to Electric'

That's the message of the president of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, it's just a question of how long the road is; he thinks 20-30 years before EVs become mainstream.

Published: 23-Feb-2013

Countless issues face electric vehicles in their uphill battle with leaving traditional, internal-combustion engines in the dust. Range anxiety and initial ownership costs are at the forefront of the debate, making it too easy to overlook the other inherent issues EVs face, most notably a lack of public charging infrastructure.

And as automakers try to gain more traction with their EVs — many brought their electric vehicles to the 2013 Canadian International Auto Show this year — these barriers will eventually have to be overcome.

Dennis DesRosiers, president of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants (DAC), which looks at sales and trends in the automotive industry, refers to the lack of infrastructure as a “critical technological barrier.”


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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