The rise of electric vehicles and the fall of gas engines is a matter of when, not if – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

Electric vehicles no longer seem like a futuristic fever dream, but they remain a rarity on most American city streets, accounting for less than one percent of the nation’s auto sales, according to the automotive website Edmunds.com.

Yet, when future auto historians look back, they may pinpoint 2017 as the year electric vehicles went from a promising progressive fad to an industry-wide inevitability.

The tipping point, experts say, follows three developments, each rippling outward with economic and cultural consequences.

China’s influence: In addition to setting aggressive production quotas for EVs, the world’s largest auto market plans to scrap internal combustion engines entirely as soon as 2030.

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