Many people see the enormous advantages in electrically-powered vehicles, and lament the fact that there are relatively few of them in operation. With the technology in place to convert to an “on-grid” system of transportation, how long will it be before electric vehicles dominate the scene?
In order to answer this question, it is important to look at all facets of the problem. If we simply focus on the benefits of EVs, the resulting lack of enthusiasm for them and consequent low sales figures does not make sense. There are other factors which are contributing to the slow growth of EVs worldwide.
First, it is interesting to note that EV technology is not a new phenomenon. In the early 1900s, electric cars were actually a popular mode of transportation, and dominated the “new” technology of the gasoline-powered car. However, new advances in internal-combustion technology soon caused the gas engine to outstrip electric engines in terms of performance and operational costs.
At that time, gasoline was a relatively cheap commodity because of low demand, so those switching from an electric format to one based on fossil fuels noticed a sharp savings. Soon, the gasoline-powered engine was the preferred form of technology for automobiles.
During the 1970s and the sudden rise in gas prices, electric vehicles made a short comeback, but the leveling of oil prices effectively killed the new movement. However, the seeds were planted, and many dedicated researchers have spent the intervening years with an eye to the future, realizing that at some point, the volatile fossil fuel situation would again erupt and a demand for EVs would once again occur. Continue reading “When Will There Be More Electric Vehicles on the Road Than Gas-Powered Cars?”