What’s Really Going On With Electric Cars?

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President Obama jumped the gun. Renault-Nissan CEO and Chairman Carlos Ghosn jumped the gun. And plenty of others jumped the gun. They thought we’d have a lot more electric cars on the roads today than we actually have. But they all jumped the gun for a good reason: they know (or some of their key staff know) the benefits of electric cars… and know that they trump the benefits of gasmobiles.

The future of transport is electric. The only real question is how long until we get there. The growth trend has been clear in the past few years. Have a look:

Electric cars worldwide


Word is getting around. And the number of new electric models coming to market keeps growing. BMW plans to have a plug-in electric version of every single one of its models by 2020. I’d be very surprised if other automakers didn’t follow close behind.

Tesla Motors, meanwhile, is a 100% electric vehicle company that is primed to eat their lunches and steal their customers right out from under their noses. Its Model S is widely considered the best mass-manufactured car in history — the quickest, the safest, the most technologically advanced, and the absolute best. Yes, those superlatives are in comparison to cars of all kinds, not just electric cars.

Tesla is about to release an electric SUV that will drive like a sports car. It will surely break the 0-60 mph acceleration record for SUVs, and I think it’s safe to say that it will cannibalize the high-end SUV market.

And then there’s the Model 3…. Tesla CEO, Product Architect, and cofounder Elon Musk has just indicated that it is indeed on schedule for launch in 2017. If so, in two years, there will be a long-range electric car on the market for the price of an average US car that will have performance approaching that of the Model S, and with many of the other advantages the Model S comes with. Nissan, GM, and Volkswagen indicate that they are going to launch long-range EV competitors. We’ll see if they do and how well they compete, but this puts the icing on the cake for me. This makes it very hard to deny that the electric vehicle revolution is underway.

About the Author: Zachary Shahan is the editor of Sustainnovate.ae, CleanTechnica.com, EVObsession.com, Gas2.org, and several other websites. You can make friends with him on just about any social network you like.