They’re the hottest thing in the car industry, and are consuming the plans, resources, and time of just about every automotive manufacturer in the world. So why haven’t electric vehicles actually taken off yet? The technology exists. They’re good for the environment. And some of the latest models actually look pretty decent. But consumers, so far, have been reluctant to embrace electric vehicles on a mass scale. In 2015, sales of electric cars accounted for only three percent of all vehicle purchased in the U.S., according to data from the Alternative Fuels Data Center. Even hybrid gas-electric vehicles have never really taken off as predicted, and their sales have faltered in recent years too. So why are people choosing to drive irresponsible gas guzzlers when we could all be driving battery powered electric cars? Read on to find out.
A big issue with electric cars is their range. By this we mean, how far the car can travel on a single battery charge. Again, advancements in this area have been made in recent years, but currently, most electric cars can travel somewhere in the neighbourhood of 50-90 miles on a single battery charge. That might be okay of you live downtown and don’t drive very far, very often. But you won’t be taking the family on a cross-country summer road trip in an electric car any time soon. Add in a serious lack of charging stations (more on that later), as well as the overly long time it take to recharge an electric car battery, and, in many respects, electric cars do not look like a very practical choice for today’s busy consumers who are constantly on the move.