The great jgoods made some valid points yesterday about the future of electric vehicles. EV technology is definitely cool, and I support anything that reduces our use of oil, but I just don’t see electric vehicles (or even hybrids for that matter) as the answer to our planet’s long-term dependency on petroleum.
Call me a “nattering nabob of negativism” if you must, but the questions of how long battery packs will last, how much it will cost to replace them, and how they will be produced on a massive scale remain unanswered.
We absolutely must work toward getting off oil. The horrifying Gulf of Mexico gusher proves that to the tune of 2.5 million gallons every day. Until we develop a long-term solution, though, automakers should continue developing high-efficiency diesel and gas engines.