More Plugs, Fewer Tailpipes
After a century dominated by fossil fuel-burning engines, the big automakers are finally producing cleaner vehicles. Auto builders are using the easiest form of power: the plugs in our homes. A standard 110-volt socket can trickle charge a car overnight with no new hardware other than a charging cable. A 220-volt plug with an aftermarket charger can do the job twice as fast. Public quick chargers are growing in numbers.
Today, one of the most exciting cars to drive on the planet is Tesla Model S P85D. Its lightning-quick throttle response and all-wheel drive delivers a 3.2 second 0-60. For $130,000, it's making much more expensive supercars look foolish on the drag strip.
A used Nissan Leaf costs less than $12,000 and its 80-mile range will satisfy the daily commuting needs of the average driver. Charged in the garage, it costs under $10 to drive all month for most people. For an economy car, the single-speed transmission and electric torque are sneaky quick.
These vehicles are for sale today. In the near future batteries will improve in cost, weight and range. The charging infrastructure will expand. The overall cost of electric cars will come down and the quality will go up. Many of the cars on the road, rather than very few, will be burning nothing but rubber.