EX­HAUST­ING BE­HAV­IOUR

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Fi­nally, our re­liance on pe­tro­leum ap­pears to be com­bust­ing. Ma­jor au­to­mo­bile com­pa­nies – BMW, Honda, Nis­san and Mercedes-Benz – are mak­ing all-elec­tric cars. Mean­while there are rumours even Ap­ple is look­ing to get in on the clean ve­hi­cle act. It’s ei­ther go­ing to make an elec­tric car, or the next iPhone’s go­ing to be re­ally, re­ally big. And have wheels.

The most im­por­tant el­e­ment here is the in­fra­struc­ture, though – you can have all the elec­tric cars in the world, but if you run out of juice 100 kilo­me­tres from any­where, the move­ment loses its ap­peal. For­tu­nately Tesla has a net­work of charging sta­tions in the works, while the com­pany’s Tesla’s bat­tery swap sys­tem (Model S pic­tured) should make for faster recharg­ing, too. Another ben­e­fit of elec­tric cars is that you can charge them at home. If you need fur­ther proof that is the way for­wards, just look at Porsche – the sportscar man­u­fac­turer is set to un­leash an elec­tric car in 2019. And we can’t wait for that. For more on the Tesla phe­nom­e­non, head to p90.

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