Despite the fact that many people automatically assume that electric cars are new phenomenon, a quick glimpse at the history of electric vehicles was sure that they have been around for over 200 years. Yes, despite the fact that the electric vehicle is struggling to make it towards the mass market at this moment in time, it has in theory had over 200 years to try!
False dawns for the electric car market
There have been a number of false dawns for the electric car market over the last 200 years although many of these relate back to the strength of the oil industry. The latest failure in the 1990s saw General Motors accused of attempting to kill the electric car market with the infamous EV1 which was released in a blaze of glory yet ultimately crashed and burned.
This is perhaps one of the more striking visions of the electric car market which is still in the heads of many motorists around the world. The fact that the company the size of General Motors seemed willing, at least on the surface, to sacrifice a potentially lucrative electric car after allegedly coming under pressure from various government agencies and oil companies. While we never actually got to the bottom of the reason why the infamous EV1 was pulled from the marketplace, it certainly left a sour taste in the mouths of many motorists.
Is electric travel the future?
As we touched on above, despite the fact that EVs have been around in some shape or form for in excess of 200 years, there are still some uncertainty as to whether electric travel is the future. The reality is that as we look to save the environment, reduce emissions and also make driving vehicles more efficient, electric power is perhaps the best source of fuel available at this moment in time. There have been a number of other fuels suggested over the years although this moment in time no others have stepped forward to challenge electric cars.
There is now talk of mobile charging points, automatic charging points and even electric vehicles which will drive themselves on a tram network system. The reality is that despite the reluctance of many motorists to appreciate the fact that electric power is here to stay, systems are being put in place for the future and in many ways it seems only a matter of time before electric cars crack the mass market.
Past the point of no return
Over the last 10 years, since the GM EV1 debacle, governments around the world have invested billions upon billions of dollars of taxpayer’s money in the electric car industry. Many large automobile corporations around the world have also matched this significant investment and ultimately we are now passed the point of no return. Too much time, effort and money has been put into the electric vehicle market for it to fail wobble when it would be deemed a “success” remains to be seen.
There are many who will point at various aspects of the EV market such as limited journey capacity, limited charging network not to mention the cost of electric cars, these are all aspects which are being worked upon by the industry and have shown great improvement of late. Once electric car does get anywhere near to the mass market then we will likely see a significant reduction in the cost of electric vehicles although this will probably occur at the same time that governments around the world reduce the current financial incentives.
Time and time again the electric car industry has been “knocking at the door of success” only to be turned away for a variety of different reasons. However, it does seem that at this moment in time too much time, money and effort has been put into the industry for it to be allowed to fail once again.
A significant number of motorists will be surprised to learn that electric cars and other electric vehicles have been with us in some shape or form for in excess of 200 years. Technology has advanced dramatically, technology is still advancing and ultimately the electric car market is dragging itself towards the finishing line which will signal the start of a new movement towards the mass market.