Electric cars are becoming popular. There aren’t many of them, relatively; but, their sales growth rate is ten times that of conventional cars. Conventional car sales are growing at about 5% per year. Electric car sales are growing at 50% per year. Usually, early adopters attract a lot of attention, but not necessarily much momentum. That usually comes later when there are more options, more mature technology, and better economics. Plug-in cars are evidently so appealing to people that even the few versions of the early generation products are enough to convince people to switch. Depending on how a region gets its electricity, electric cars can either reduce or increase pollution (hydro versus coal plants). If they do produce more pollution, at least it is remote and more easily managed. Whether low pollution, quiet ride, or even performance is the appeal, the shift away from internal combustion engines may happen more quickly than many imagine.
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