Electric cars are the transportation solution of the future, but that future might be farther away than we think.
There’s so much talk about automakers increasing the number of EVs in their fleets by 2020 that we might start believing an all-EV future is right around the corner. California has toyed with the idea of banning the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2030 and Norway has proposed eliminating new internal-combustion car sales by 2025.
Green Car Reports says,
If laws were passed tomorrow to limit the number of new internal-combustion cars, it would likely take almost two decades to bring half the overall fleet in that jurisdiction to electric propulsion.
No law outright banning operation of any vehicle with a tailpipe has been proposed anywhere, as far as we know, even in Norway.
Like it or not, we can be sure that gas-powered cars will account for our transportation needs for many decades to come.