Electric Vehicle Sales Level Off
From the LA Times...
Electric car sales are not charging the marketplace. A new study by online automotive research company Edmunds.com suggests the segment may have run out of gas..
Sales of electric drive vehicles are stuck at about 3.6% of all new car sales for 2014, Edmunds senior analyst Jessica Caldwell said.
I think the concept of a practical EV is a good one, but we're not there on the battery tech side of things just yet. After the early adopters, and those who do find EVs suit their driving needs, who exactly is supposed to be flocking to buy these vehicles? I've test driven a Nissan Leaf. It seems a decent vehicle as far as it goes, but as far as it goes is the issue. The only way one would be practical in our household would be as an extra vehicle to use for short trips. And the expense of an extra vehicle is probably not in a lot of household budgets right now.
Are EVs dead? I don't think so. I think they're here to stay and are or will be an option for some consumers. Will they kill off the internal combustion engine? Right about the same time the Segway replaces cars as our primary mode of getting around