Cornwall ON – I’ve always wondered why the auto industry seems to be so resistant to Electric cars?
I’m not sure what the direct connection to the Auto industry and big oil is; but surely it makes sense to move away from Oil as quickly as possible? The 70’s oil crises; and oil’s peaks and valley’s over the last while not to mention the high cost of petrol in Europe surely make good sense to move to Electricity?
It’s not like it’s a new idea. Electric cars have been around for quite awhile, but it does seem that the Auto industry just won’t put the energy into developing them that they due SUV’s?
EV 1 Commercial
The General Motors EV1 was released over a year ago. You could only lease it and as the company pulled back and scrapped almost all of the EV 1’s many of their users protested over not being able to purchase them. Most of the comments were highly complentary and those that simply do not want to use oil and the implications of its use had no other options.
The Toyota Prius evolved as the focus changed to Hybrids, but questions again came up as to why the auto industry seemed to almost fight having a fully electric car? Why the refused to make the investment in research or develop the market for the vehicles?
Every excuse was made; short distances per charge; where to charge, limited batteries, but these were surmountable issues as time is proving and of course now with the issues in Libya and other Oil producing countries Car owners, industry, and essentially many areas of every day life have been impacted. Even food prices have gone up due to masses of corn and other crops being used for bio-fuel thus raising prices for basic food stuffs.
Ouch. The big questions, of course, revolve around one word: “Why?” Is ramping up production still a problem? Is demand weak? Are unscrupulous dealers to blame? When will sales start to climb? And what are these numbers doing to plug-in vehicle projects at other automakers? We don’t know all the answers, but for more on February auto sales, click here.
So what do you think? Is the public just not interested in Electric cars or can the Auto makers do much more to promote and evolve them? You can post your comments below.