Oh how we love to come up with a thousand and one excuses why electric cars are doomed to fail.
The rhetoric at this point has become almost comical, if it weren't for the fact that electric cars do in fact offer one of many solutions to our very dangerous reliance on oil.
I'm not saying electric cars should be completely free of criticism. After all, we're now in the earliest stages of development. Certainly there will be valid concerns this early in the game. This is historically how things go when new, disruptive technologies hit the market.
I definitely remember wondering why folks were willing to spend hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars for those early model mobile phones back in the early 90s.
Those things were incredibly expensive, they didn't always work so well, and they cost a fortune to use. But here we are today – giving folks free cell phones after signing up for a pretty reasonable payment plan.
Here we are today, accessing the Internet from our smartphones. Taking pictures, video and even conducting stock trades and banking transactions.
We have definitely come a long way. And the same will hold true for electric cars.
In another 20 years, electric cars will be competitive with traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. You'll easily get 500 miles on a single charge, and be able to “re-fuel” in a matter of minutes. And of course, this will all be happening when gas prices will likely be in the double-digits.
In the meantime, however, we will continue to deal with all the anti-electric car rhetoric the media hacks and partisan slaves can muster.
One of the more recent attacks on electric cars has been the potential pollution problems electric car batteries will generate.
What are we going to do when all those old batteries pile up in landfills? As if most of those who offer this question really care much about that type of thing, anyway.
Nonetheless, this is not something that should keep you up at night. The fact is, you will never see landfills overrun with old electric car batteries for two simple reasons.
John Voelcker over at Green Car Reports shares those reasons here.