The cars of the future are here and they are electric . The recent recession has renewed interest in electric cars due to their efficiency. Apart from being cool they are billed as being friendly to the environment. Electric cars are being billed as the panacea that will help us finally get a grip on global warming. After all we will no longer be dependant on petroleum , right ? ….. Wrong ! People tend to forget that the electricity to run these cars has to come from somewhere. Currently a major proportion of electricity is produced from coal and gas. And if this trend remains the same , we will just be shifting the source of pollution from car tail pipes to power station chimneys.
Here is an interesting article from business week addressing this