Have electric vehicles turned a corner? - 2013-03-06

EVs have been slow to take to the road, largely because of high prices, the lack of charging infrastructure and ‘range anxiety’ on the part of drivers, who worry about running out of power on the road. But indications are that EVs may now have turned a corner, thanks in large part to the emergence of a common global standard for fast chargers, which take only 15-30 minutes to charge a vehicle, as well as subsidies for the charging infrastructure and for the vehicles themselves. Green cars and EVs are among the stars of the show at the world’s premier automobile event in Geneva, which runs from March 7-17. Leading manufacturers, such as BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Renault and Mitsubishi, will be exhibiting their latest EVs and the show is also hosting a week of conferences about the future of mobility.

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