The Electric Car, Unplugged N.Y Times article on the state and future(?) of electric cars. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/sunday-review/the-electric-car-unplugged.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp "THE future would appear bright for the electric car. Gasoline prices are high. The government is spending billions on battery technology. Auto companies are preparing to roll out a dozen new electrified models. Concern is growing about the climate impacts of burning oil. And tough new fuel economy standards are looming. Yet the state of the electric car is dismal, the victim of hyped expectations, technological flops, high costs and a hostile political climate." "Is this the beginning of the end of the latest experiment in the electric car, whose checkered history goes back to the dawn of the automobile age? Can the electric car survive only with heavy government subsidies and big consumer rebates? Are the Teslas and Fiskers and ActiveEs and Volts and Leafs destined to be the playthings of only rich technophiles with a couple of spare gas-powered cars at home?" "Hybrids that do not require external charging, however, like todayâ€™s Toyota Prius and many others already in showrooms, are a growing segment. Forecasters say they could represent as much as 6 percent of the market by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025, in part because they are among the few vehicles currently on track to meet the governmentâ€™s proposed new fuel economy standard of roughly 50 miles per gallon by 2025." "And Dieter Zetsche, the chief executive of the German automaker Daimler, said that cost, range and consumer rates remained serious problems for the electric car. Still, he said, the company would continue work on such vehicles, as well as those powered by gasoline, diesel and hydrogen." It seems Toyota has made the right choice with its PIP and so has GM with the Volt. Until battery technology becomes more affordable to be widely used, plug in hybrids will be the best bet to overcome resistance to alternative vehicles. That's my take on this article.