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.
- Kim RLv 710 months ago
2 words: oil industry.
- JohnLv 41 year 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.
- chorleLv 71 year ago
Recent battery design improvements
- zipperLv 61 year ago
Because the oil companies do not want them yet, neither do I!
- What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
- .Lv 71 year ago
Electric cars are not the answer. How much pollution do you think is created just by making the batteries? ;-(
- energyconsciousLv 41 year 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.
- acid victim 25Lv 71 year ago
They're too expensive compared to other cars the same size
They have a limited range, and replacing the drive battery costs thousands
- CowboyLv 61 year ago
There are too many obstacles to that industry in America. Look to Europe and Japan to tackle this issue.....
- it is iLv 51 year 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.
- vulcan_alexLv 71 year 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.