Full marks to Elon Musk and Tesla for paving the way.
However, a mainstream commercial commitment to electric vehicles was still merely a noble idea in the industry. Everyone knew that, sooner or later, one of the big automakers would have take the plunge before acceptance would finally be a fact.
It’s happened. Chinese-owned and Swedish-built Volvo recently announced that its entire fleet of vehicles are going with electric motors by 2019, which is two years away from this writing.
The company spokesmen sound totally assured about it:
Still, there’s one trend in announcements like this that give one pause.
That two-year thing has become commonplace in virtually every announcement that hails the arrival of innovative transport.
It usually turns out to be a longer wait than anticipated.
Technology finally catches up to the dreams, but the timeline has rarely held true.
Those driverless cars from the 1950s are finally here, and now we seem like we’re getting ever closer to not only the flying cars that have been in sci-fi for decades, but electric-powered flying cars:
With its track record, Tesla participation certainly adds cred to this development.
Then there’s Boeing, which is a clear level higher in terms of corporate endorsement. They’re tossing their resources into electric-powered commercial aircraft being developed by Zunum Aero to serve regional markets.
Unsurprisingly, Zunum’s CEO is predicting a rollout in two years, ie- 2019.
We can only hope his two-year projection of ticket prices is one estimate that remains accurate.
It’d actually bring a piece of the Dot Com lifestyle to newbies, giving them a small taste of what could be awaiting them in their own near future.