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Originally Posted by MadStyle View Post
2020 will be year of EV cars, a lot of Ev debuts from the likes of Porsche, VW, Mercedes, etc. Glad to see Mazda in on it but a little slow to it.

As long as gas prices remain relatively low, EV is going to struggle. Prius sales last year dropped 16% for example. Outside of major urban centers in California, I don't see where EV is going to hold any kind of advantage. Especially without any infrastructure. If EVs are going to overtake ICEs, they need to:

1) Bring down costs.... big time
2) Heavily expand recharging infrastructure. This includes what I think will be the biggest challenge: Multi-family housing units.

3) Fuel prices are going to have to skyrocket again
4) Increased range and reduced recharge times. Either that, or battery swap stations
5) BIGGER VEHICLES! The US has a bloodlust for SUVs and trucks and right now there are ZERO options for a full EV in either format. Hybrid options, outside of Toyota, are also thin to none.

In short, for EVs to catch on either the government is going to have to force them on us or automakers are going to have to appeal to what consumers want. I see the first being attempted before the second.
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