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EDITORIAL: Electric cars. How soon?

Posted 4/7/22

Want something cheerful to think about as you’re pouring $40 or $50 worth of gasoline in your tank? Imagine a scene that might not be all that far in the future. You’re driving down the road and …

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EDITORIAL: Electric cars. How soon?

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Want something cheerful to think about as you’re pouring $40 or $50 worth of gasoline in your tank? Imagine a scene that might not be all that far in the future.

You’re driving down the road and pass a gas station. They are still there and still selling the gasoline that’s been used to fuel vehicles for more than a century. But they seem increasingly outmoded, like video stores were once Netflix arrived, and then when streaming brought movie libraries straight into our homes. You can glance over at those gas stations and ponder how often you had to stop at them and how much you had to pay because you don’t have to do that anymore – you’re driving an electric vehicle.

As gasoline prices have soared past $4 per gallon in recent weeks due to increased demand and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, news reports have indicated many Americans have decided that now is the time to invest in an electric vehicle. Even with an increase in the number of purchasers, the slice of the market taken up by electric vehicles will likely remain relatively small, at least over the next couple of years. But the day when electric vehicles are the kings of the road is going to be here, and relatively soon.

Last year, Chrysler, General Motors and Ford all said they were aiming to have electric vehicles make up half their sales by 2030. Whether that happens in just eight years remains to be seen, but electric vehicles replacing the gas-burning variety seems inevitable.

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