Times of San Diego
Earlier this month, Tesla Motors continued to push the electric vehicle industry forward, announcing a more affordable EV that will be available in 2017. Tesla now has a lot of company, with every major automaker, from BMW to Nissan, from Volkswagen to Mitsubishi, selling EVs or announcing plans to get their EVs to market.
Given the building buzz, are we finally at a tipping point for EVs? I firmly believe so. In the four years since EVs first debuted (and the three years since I have been driving one), the number of auto makers participating in the electric drive market has increased seven times, and there are nine times more EV models available for purchase. Yet, that tipping point will not happen unless we solve the charging needs of these vehicles. It wasn’t automotive mass production that brought about the golden age of the car but rather the interstate highway systems and the ubiquity of fueling stations.
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