Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Waiting for the Electric Car Tipping Point

Waiting for the Electric Car Tipping Point:
April 2012 electric vehicle sales numbers are in, and frankly, they are disappointing. Shouldn’t numbers be climbing every month by now? Regardless of any specific sales figures for any single month during this period of the EV market—too much shouldn’t be read into them— the larger global economic and technological factors are creating a head wind against widespread adoption of plug-in cars. Still, folks who expect (or for various reasons really want) EVs to take off believe there will be a future tipping point—nobody knows the exact year—when the fundamentals of cost and convenience will dramatically sway in favor of electric cars over gas-powered vehicles. What kind of tipping point are they talking about? One or more of these: read more

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