Recent developments in the green technology industry have once again pushed electric cars into the spotlight as climate change continues to be an international concern. Green tech itself — whether it be smart grids or energy-saving batteries or solar panels — is one of the slower-moving industries as its products are expensive and not widely purchased on a consumer level. The electric car could prove different if more of its charging stations existed and its price came down — two factors that a coalition of U.S. states hopes to change.
States on both coasts have joined to collectively make electric cars more available and appealing to the general driver. Increased adoption of zero-emissions vehicles is hoped to have an obvious impact on the improvement of the environment, so the goal of the coalition is to get more of them on the road: 3.3 million by 2025 according to reports. More electric vehicles are sold every year, but there are still just several thousand of them being regularly driven.
Some of the states have pushed for this kind of clean technology for years — and more so within the last one. Earlier this year, Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg made a public push for more electric car charging stations and other incentives that are similar to the ones fleshing out in the plan of the state-wide coalition.
Of course, there is a lot of work to do; these vehicles are only just taking off in the U.S. and Europe. The posterchild of the electric car industry Elon Musk — the brains behind Tesla electric cars — recently expounded upon the difficulties in persuading buyers away from gasoline-powered vehicles. Tesla’s cars are being adopted by drivers at a slow rate, and they are coming to the U.K. in 2014, but more education is needed so the general consumer understands the long-term benefits a zero-emissions car has on the environment. (Musk’s media splashes have helped spread the name of Tesla’s technology; his recent proposal of creating a high-speed transportation system in California garnered both praise and ridicule.)
As more governing agencies push for more widespread adoption of clean technology, perhaps more general consumers will see the electric car as a viable option instead of a costly futuristic machine. But it will be years well beyond 2025 before any environmental impact becomes visible.