Recent moves by Japan’s two largest automakers suggest that the electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time – and may never be.
In the meantime, the attention of automotive executives in Asia, Europe and North America is beginning to swing toward an unusual but promising new alternate power source: hydrogen.
The reality is that consumers continue to show little interest in electric vehicles, or EVs, which dominated U.S. streets in the first decade of the 20th century before being displaced by gasoline-powered cars.
Hydrogen. Great. Bring it on, I suppose, so long as I can drive more than 30 miles in a row, or let the air conditioning run on a summer afternoon for a little while before I get in, without killing the battery.
Meanwhile, this country (and others) is experiencing a huge boom in oil production. So while Toyota and GM and whoever are looking at fuel cells, we ought to be looking at repealing Obama’s deadly CAFE standards.
We’re not running out of oil any time soon. It’s time we stopped acting like we were.