24 Mar '12, 12am

What's keeping electric vehicles from the mainstream?

What's keeping electric vehicles from the mainstream?

Advancements in electric-vehicle technologies have made them increasingly viable for consumers, fleets and car-sharing services, but they're still not mainstream alternatives to conventional gasoline-powered cars. One key missing link is more infrastructure and support services, but investors are wary to plunk down the cash for these pieces until there are more EVs on the roads. It’s a classic chicken-or-egg problem. Which should come first: EVs or infrastructure, like charging stations? This question took center stage last week at GreenBiz’s VERGE DC event . The thesis behind VERGE -- the convergence of energy, information, technology and transportation -- fits the long-term vision for EV expansion, yet so far EVs haven’t integrated well with other networks, said the panel’s moderator, Beth Lowery , a principal with GreenOrder and a former General Motors executive. To hel...

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