why cant we have more electric cars in America?

9 Answers

  • 5 years ago
    Best Answer

    Electric cars were first invented in the 1830's. By 1900 there were more electric cars than gasoline cars. The other 1/3 of the automobile fleet were steam cars that could run on any fuel and were far less polluting though less efficient. Most cars were hand built and Henry Ford had a different idea. When the ICE vehicle was "hybridized" with an electric starter all the elements were in place for it to command the marketplace. The petrochemical industry could not do a lot to improve their product beyond creating the necessary infrastructure to distribute fuel but they could work on destroying the competition. This they did with a vengeance which lead to one conviction for conspiracy and the break up of Standard Oil Monopoly.

    The steam car is long gone and today petrochemical interests continue to use political influence and dis-information against the electric car. The three things that made a big difference and kick started a resurgence of the EV are concerns about peak oil, global warming and Tesla Motors proved that a successful electric car could be made with today's technology.

    The oil industry has largely stopped giving out statistics about pollution levels, use of electricity, production levels and reserves in the ground. It seems clear that if the facts were generally known they would not look favorable to the industry that wants to keep pumping its product.

    And so the consumer hears about all the things wrong with electric cars rather than try and see how the "new" technology can be a smart way to commute if you do commute by car. Lower gasoline prices will also have a dampening effect on electric car sales as people tend to purchase based upon existing conditions rather than what will be happening through-out the life of the vehicle.

    Electric cars on the roads are less than 1% of the overall marketshare but they will increase slowly like any "new" technology.

  • 5 years ago

    We can. We do. There are more electric cars in America now than ever before, and they are gaining in popularity.

  • 5 years ago

    Electric car answers for any question you have should be on this page. Clearly, as we move more an more to clean, renewable energy in the US. We can't make liquid fuel as cheaply as we can make electricity.

  • Cost, Are you thinking about what will happen to all the batteries from the thousands of junked electric cars in the future, the chemicals used to produce them and so on? The environmental imprint of an efficient internal combustion powered car is potentially less than a battery car in some circumstances.

    • "junked" EV batteries will hold about 70% of their like new charge level and are expected to do this for 10 to 15 years after they are removed from an EV. They will be used for stationary electrical storage.

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  • 5 years ago

    We have all that people have been willing to buy. There are many electric choices now and will be even more in the future.

  • 5 years ago

    Bc America sucks I can't wait to get the f outta here

  • 5 years ago

    Greedy greedy countries, US loves money, they don't care about health, or pollution, its all about greed and control. Sick rich people, they too will die the dummies. I hate the governments.

  • 5 years ago

    We can, there's plenty of room for them, and hopefully growing demand.

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