The Impact Of Electric Vehicles On The Future Of Electric Cars

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Context and Background
Electric vehicles have been around far longer than their fossil fuel powered counter parts. They have been popular as early as the late 19th century and the early part of the 20th century. One of the best-selling vehicles at the point was the Columbia Runabout, which could go 40miles on a single charge and run at speed up to 25 kmph. They were initially considered a safer option when compared to cars powered by fossil fuels, as initial ICI cars were prone to backfire. This all changed with the mass production and the technological advancements when it came to ICE (Internal Combustion Engines) [1]. When Ford started mass producing their cars and fuel prices began to drop, advancements in electric vehicles came to a halt. There has been a slow resurgence in interest for Electric vehicles from the late 70’s when the damage that the fossil fuel powered cars were causing to the environment was slowly being understood. Yet the public acceptance of electric vehicles has been less than enthusiastic. This can be attributed to the low prices of gasoline and push by petroleum giants against electric car initiatives and public aversion to buying electric cars owing to their high prices, their low resale value and lack of infrastructure for charging. But with the recent success of Electric Vehicles in California and Estonia, it would be time to look at ways to implement an infrastructure for Electric Vehicles in Australia and spread awareness among the public.

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