2012 will be the year of the electric car. I don't really believe that everyone will be able to afford one or that it will become mainstream. What I do believe will happen is seeing the start of some true and commercially available solutions to problems that have been holding back the electric car.
- 1 gallon of gasoline=33.7
- kw-hr kw-hrs/100 miles
- Miles driven per year are set at 15,000 for annual fuel cost calculations
http://www.fuelecono...on=sbs&id=32278 <- $39,200 Car, 110mpg city, 99 highway, annual cost $600
http://www.fuelecono...on=sbs&id=31673 <- $29,125 - $31,125, 126mpg city, 99 highway, annual cost $550
http://www.teslamoto...es#/performance <- Model S, electric car 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 125mph
http://www.mlive.com...w_technolo.html <- No Technicalities, explains mainstream adaption
http://www.ktvu.com/...instream/nJJQD/ <On charging, most occurs at home, future holds public stations
http://carstations.com/ <- A map of some charging stations around the world
So this is all I have dug up out of the internet in the past 20 minutes or so. I really do think the electric car will start to see a rise. With gas prices that are undoubtedly going to soar near or over $4.00 for the cheapest this summer, people will start to see some financial problems with gas cars. The average price of a used car is about $2000 - $10,000 and the average price for a new car is about $29,217.
People will begin to see real alternatives to the gas-raping tanks we drive now. Hybrids? Electric? Gas? Bio-fuel? Your choice, but no matter how wealthy you are, in time, gas will be to expensive to use or outdated.
Google's self-driving cars have been on the road since 2010 , with the only crash out of these cars in 2 years from a human driver (much much safer than people statistically), the future of cars will be driverless and electric.
The first cars to go driverless will probably be shipping trucks, then public and taxis (in that order more or less). Of course it all starts with 2012 and you can bet the next 20 years will show some huge leaps in transportation, maybe driverless cars will only do their thing on highways eliminating humans from them and allowing speeds of over 120mph, all within the next 20 years.
What do you think?
Edited by SG-1, 17 March 2012 - 03:36 PM.