Niagara Gazette — Well a few years back, there were quite a few major obstacles to EVs (Electric Vehicles) becoming a normal part of the vehicular landscape here in the US. The main ones being poor battery technology and lack of a charging infrastructure. While these are still a concern, they are becoming less important due to the success of Tesla with their long range batteries and coast to coast fast charging station network. Now carmakers, battery, and utility companies are (I’m sure) reverse engineering Tesla batteries & chargers to figure out how they’re doing it, plus competitors are hurrying to string the US with wire like Tesla has done from CA to NY with a fast charging station network. It will not be long before competing EVs will be able to drive coast to coast like Teslas have proven can be done.
Thank you Elon Musk (Tesla founder & CEO) for your vision and drive.
That said and kudos dispersed, there are still challenges to the practicality of nationwide EV use. Things like standardizing of charging station infrastructure and batteries. My friend Malcolm Bricklin (The man who brought Subaru to the US) argued for the need of this with carmakers a few years back. He argued that EVs needed a standardizing of parts so an EV could be fixed anywhere in the US. This was a brilliant idea and Malcolm tried creating such a company, the problem was that carmakers held on firmly to proprietary rights of their technology, thus the idea never went anywhere. Too bad, it was a good idea and carmakers could have held on to proprietary rights in the software needed to drive the powertrains. Oh well.
Still to overcome before EVs become a normal part of the landscape:
• Better battery technology to allow longer range between charging