The Issue of (EV) Range is 100 Years Old
Photo courtesy of the National Automobile Museum. Not the dinosaurs, the car.
By Zack Klapman
Electric cars are trying to find their way into our garages, but people are still hesitant. Most of that fear is due to uncertainties about range, and the lack of rapid charging stations (essentially substitutes for gas stations).
Seeing cars like the LEAF and Model S roll down the street makes it seem like we are truly at the forefront of technological evolution. This must be the pinnacle of our evolution of mobility, so it makes sense that the issues of charging stations are difficult to solve. New problems are always harder to solve than old ones. Except this is not a new problem. It’s about 100 years old.
I knew there had been electric cars at the turn of the 20th Century, but I always assumed they were nothing more than city runabouts. In my mind, traveling across a state in 1912, in an electric car, would require a fresh battery, and then a few horses to pull it the rest of the way.
But as the brilliant Ronnie Schreiber explained in an excellent article for The Truth About Cars, there were plans to build charging stations along major roadways. I found the parallels to today fascinating. Jump over there and give it a fast read. We call this, “learning about history”. It’s a “vintage” activity, like checkers, so it’s cool.
Source: The Truth About Cars
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