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.