Are EVs a New Fad?

In a word, no. In 1900 in the U.S., about 1/3 of all vehicles were electric. In spite of the lack of technology to make them energy efficient and the lack of batteries that had a reasonable energy to weight ratio, they were the choice of those who could afford them. Their downfall was not because gasoline cars were better — they were just a lot cheaper to build. With inexpensive gasoline, paying three times as much for an electric car was a very hard sell.

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