Electric Cars: They’re All the Rage!

July 8, 2017

It’s quiet, doesn’t pollute the air, and it’s all the rage these days. Well, it might not be all the rage, but it continues to be a hot topic of discussion. We’re talking about the electric car.

On Friday, July 7th, Tesla officially began production of its first mass market car. Why is this such a big deal?

By Candy Red Tesla Model 3.jpg: Steve Jurvetson derivative work: Smnt [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Well, it was just five years ago when Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, introduced his company’s first revolutionary luxury electric car, the Model S, to the world. Critics questioned whether or not people would buy an electric car over a traditional gas-powered car. After all, electric cars were better for the environment, but were they better cars? Fast forward to today, and it seems like not only are people warming to the idea of electric cars, but the idea is starting to look more like the wave of the car-manufacturing future. Just in the last few years alone, traditional carmakers such as General Motors, Nissan, BMW, and Mercedes have started building new electric and battery-operated cars, and committing millions of dollars to these newer models. What else?

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Two big announcements happened earlier this week: Swedish carmaker Volvo announced that all of their new car models will either be electric or hybrid, and India announced that by 2030, only electric cars will be sold in the country.

Sounds like these are “electric-fying” moves towards a more sustainable future. What do you think? Are electric cars here to stay?