Who killed the electric car is a term you sometimes hear when referring to motor vehicles that run exclusively on electricity. With the environment issues being a big concern for our society today, many car manufacturing companies have developed hybrid vehicles. Hybrid Car being a vehicle that uses two different power sources to move the car, most commonly the internal combustion engine which uses gas fuel and an electric motor that uses. The hybrid cars have gained popularity among consumers, especially the Toyota Prius, this has resulted in many car manufacturers developing hybrid vehicles to gain some market share.
However some come car manufacturers such as Honda, Nissan, Toyota, and Tesla to name a few have taken it a step further by producing purely electric vehicles that run only on electricity. Electric cars are nothing new, being created in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, however gasoline fueled cars gained increased popularity and have captured the market ever since.
So what will it take for the Electric Car to reach mass market appeal? What do the managers at these huge car companies have to do. Many executives believe the electric car has to gain trust amongst car consumers. For now many consumers foresee a future with the hybrid car because of its driving range which drives a certain amount of miles on electric power then gasoline power takes over, which is fuel efficient. Compared with the limited driving range of the electric vehicles. There are a few factors which limit electric cars from reaching mass market appeal. First the limited Driving Range of some of the electric vehicles and niche battery powered cohorts is a main factor stopping consumers from buying into the technology. Another factor is the high initial price of many of the Electric Vehicles, many times being more costly than gasoline powered vehicles. One more huge factor is the unavailability of electric charging stations compared to gas stations. Going to a gas station is very convenient for consumers and that is what they are used to.
Nevertheless there is much advancement taking place with the electric vehicle technology and the availability of electric charging stations. John O’dell, and Edmund’s analyst predict the following would constitute an electric vehicle that could be mainstream: an electric car with a driving range of 150 miles that could be completely recharged in about 10 minutes or and electric car with a driving range of 300 miles that could be completely recharged in 30 minutes. The price of these vehicles should be in the range $25,000 to $30,000, so it could somewhat affordable to middle-lower income comsumers. Also it was suggested that there be a good national network of electric vehicle charging stations so that it could be convenient to charge your car anywhere.
These are all great suggestions to making the electric car more appealing to the mass market and I definitely know I plan on getting one in the future, being a big environmental guy myself. However what would make you switch from Gasoline powered vehicle to purely Electric powered?