In a shocking revelation (pun intended) it looks like electric cars (EVs) are not quite doing as well as many hoped to believe. Even after billions of dollars of investments and government subsidies, the electric car industry is not producing a whole lot of interest.
The problem with electric cars is that they are plagued with a few shortcomings for many drivers. The most obvious being high cost, short driving ranges as compared to typical gasoline powered vehicles, and the lack of recharging stations.
Two of Japan's largest automakers are suggesting that electric cars, even after more than 100 years of development, are no competition for vehicles that use other fuels. Both Nissan and Toyota, who have been big proponents of EVs, are cooling to the idea as the public is just not all that interested in the current state of electric vehicles due to their shortcomings, and they are looking more closely at hybrid gas/electric vehicles to make up the difference.
Other automakers in North America, Asia and Europe are leaning toward using other fuels to produce cleaner running cars that that can come closer to traditional cars, such as using Hydrogen to produce the electricity needed.
We are all for cleaner running vehicles and less dependence on oil to get us from one destination to the next, but if you live in the U.S. outside of an urban center, the lack of range and unavailability of charging stations make EVs not only problematic, but a prohibitively costly and impossible solution at this point.