2010 Detroit Auto Show: Electric car reality check

By Posted 12 Jan 2010, 21:28

Most of our posts regarding the 2010 Detroit Auto Show have been regarding new vehicles from various manufacturers, however a recent post on Reuters looks more into how the next 10 years will compare to the previous 10 years.

There are four points made on Reuters skeptical article, these are “sales of electric cars in the hundreds, not thousands”, “Technology won’t be widespread in this decade”, “Luxury carmakers need e-cars to burnish green credentials” and “VW fear rush to be first glosses over reliability issues”.

The main point that caught my interest was that electric cars will be sold in the hundreds not thousands, I felt that due to the emphasis put on economic vehicles these days manufacturers would expect much higher sales.

Also the other point which seemed pretty valid was that “VW fear rush to be first glosses over reliability issues”, obviously there is going to be a huge learning curve for car manufacturers as the industry will change dramatically, lets just hope it doesn’t result in consumers receiving vehicles which should not really be released commercially yet.

As for whether technology will be as widespread this decade, who knows whats round the corner, at the moment an affordable, electric, reliable car which will perform similarly to a standard petrol/diesel car seems a long way off, I guess time will tell.

What do you think will receive in the auto industry during the next decade?

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    I agree with Reuters. Nonetheless, I think the President's goal to have 1 million hybrids on the streets by 2015 will push forward research on this niche. In any case, Hybrid, electric or some other eco-friendly variation of cars will be in our VERY near future, whether we like it or not. We just can't keep on throwing garbage to the atmosphere like this forever.