Let me be the first to congratulate Indiana University for being total masters of the obvious. You see according to AutoNews.com they’ve just conducted a study that states that the majority of consumers are not ready to own electric vehicles (big surprise). The study was done on the heels of President Obama reiterating his goal of getting 1 million electric or advanced technology vehicles on the road by 2015. Hey Barack – here’s a news flash, it ain’t going to happen buddy. Regardless of how much money government and or manufacturers throw at the development of electric vehicles, there is still one major problem – people don’t want them yet. We’ve seen manufacturers like Tesla and Nissan tout how wonderful these machines are, and I’ll agree that from a technical perspective they are. For practical everyday usage though, they’re simply not there yet. Drop their initial cost, up their range and make them as practical as a regular automobile and then you’ll have people stopping to take notice.
Obviously the biggest issue that consumers are facing with today’s EV’s is the notion of range anxiety. It’s that same “Oh Shit!” feeling that you get when you run out of gas. Instead of getting a gas can and being on your way within 15-20 minutes though, you’re stuck someplace for the next 12-20 hours before your car recharges. Then there’s the issue of towing it to an electrical outlet via a special tow truck that is designed specifically for rescuing dead EV’s. Sounds fun right? Listen, the technology for developing new advanced vehicles is progressing faster everyday and will only get better over time. However, these cars really won’t make sense until State and Local governments come together to develop a viable infrastructure in which to support them. Say what you will, but until that happens I have a feeling that most electric cars will be nothing more then novelty items for those who are eco-friendly.