HY­BRID/ELEC­TRIC CARS

Wheels (Australia) - - Innovation­s -

If we’d never thought of cart­ing a huge vat of in­flammable liq­uid around with us a cen­tury or so ago, the no­tion of do­ing so now would prob­a­bly seem vaguely ridicu­lous. Elec­tric­ity seems a nat­u­ral choice for pro­pel­ling a car, of­fer­ing near silent drive, no tailpipe emis­sions, me­chan­i­cal sim­plic­ity and stacks of easy torque. The Cal­i­for­nia Air Re­sources Board be­gan a big push towards zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cles in the early ’90s, even­tu­ally see­ing Tesla surge to the fore. And yet there’s re­ally only one vol­ume-sell­ing mass-mar­ket elec­tric car avail­able, the Nis­san Leaf, which passed 300,000 global sales in 2018. And elec­tric cars cur­rently make up 0.0004 per­cent of Aus­tralian car sales. It’s likely to be leg­is­la­tion, rather than buyer be­hav­iour that changes this.

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