Why has the vast development of electric cars taken so long?

Feel like the development has been long over due, especially considering they've been around for almost as long as regular cars. So surely they could've added more and more development into the electric cars through the past century.

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  • Kim R
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    2 words: oil industry.

  • John
    Lv 4
    4 months ago

    Two main reason. They have lots and lots of gasoline​ to sell.

    Battery development. Lead acid works but it's bulky heavy and dangerous. You need lots of juice for automotive to work and it takes lots of batteries.

    Get in an accident with ten or twenty lead acid in your truck and you can get seriously burned blinded and otherwise damaged from the acids ALONG with everything else that could hurt.

    Just too dangerous.

  • chorle
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Recent battery design improvements

  • zipper
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Because the oil companies do not want them yet, neither do I!

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  • 5 months ago

    Electric cars are not the answer. How much pollution do you think is created just by making the batteries? ;-(

    • John
      Lv 4
      4 months agoReport

      Electric cars aren't the answer because communists have grabbed the industry no other reason.

  • 5 months ago

    Due to long time needed for development of affordable-high life-high milage offering battery and its charging infrastructure that will allow quick charging and large number of cars to be charged anytime anywhere in the world.

  • 5 months ago

    They're too expensive compared to other cars the same size

    They have a limited range, and replacing the drive battery costs thousands

    • Gourry
      Lv 5
      5 months agoReport

      And you forgot to add that this technology is not frozen in time for eternity.

  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    There are too many obstacles to that industry in America. Look to Europe and Japan to tackle this issue.....

  • 5 months ago

    Lead batteries are heavy and don't hold much charge compared to lithium batteries. To a middle aged guy like me, lithium batteries are a relatively new invention.

  • 5 months ago

    Because fossil fuel cars have been cheaper, better, and more effective for a long time. Today there is massive infrastructure to support fossil fuels, not so for electric. Since electric has been around since the late 1800's it has been a long time.

    • John
      Lv 4
      4 months agoReport

      Henry Ford first production was all electric. Then the Arabs moved in murdered and frightened him into building gas

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