Nearly a decade later and electric cars are still an anomaly on the roads…
In March 2009, Tesla Motors unveiled what it touted as the world’s first mass-produced, highway capable electric car. It received an enthusiastic response. Nearly a decade later and electric cars are still an anomaly on the roads. As environmental concerns and awareness around climate change move into the spotlight, we have to wonder why we are still filling up our cars with diesel and petrol, rather than volts.
Jeff Osborne says that there are a number of reasons why we haven’t seen more EVs on the road. “There are plenty of conspiracy theories about re: the oil companies that are keeping technology off the market, but the truth is much simpler. Resistance to change is one of the primary reasons. It may seem petty, but these cars look different, smell different, power differently and drive differently. The first automobiles faced similar resistance. Autos were ready for market in the early 1900s, but it took decades before they became commonplace.”
Some of the other factors at play include:
That does not mean that the electric car dream is dead. “Electric vehicles are the way of the future. There is no doubt. Adoption will take time. Legislation such as the emissions tax, government subsidies, cleaner electricity and improvements in technology will see more EVs on the road soon. In the meantime, hybrid cars are a nice stepping-stone towards fuel-free vehicles. Virtually every major autos player is testing an autonomous and electric vehicle right now, and as soon as customer demand warrants it, they will ramp up production.”
Via: Gumtree Auto South Africa