We have relatively affordable electric cars. We have relatively popular electric cars. But we still haven’t had the best-selling car in America to be electric.
I don’t think it’s much of the imagination to think that at some point our best-selling car will be all-electric. The only alternatives would be to quickly skip all electric power to something else, or give up cars altogether before the transition begins.
In the previous situation, I strongly doubt it, because cars with hydrogen fuel cells are mainly EV, but with hydrogen acting as a battery. I also doubt the latter. Burning hydrogen seems like a lot of work compared to using fuel cells, and biofuels don’t seem to support investment like a battery. They may be better, but investment is what matters. When the automotive industry as a whole moves in support of a basic design, it really leaves the rest in the dark. This is what we saw with a large disinvestment in electrical technology a little over 100 shots ago.
I guess the whole past chronology of EVs denies my question at all. I know that electric electric cars were about a third of the American car market as a whole in the early 20th century, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pope or Colombia briefly took first place in sales.
Throughout my thinking and writing about new and old electric cars, it never occurred to me to wonder what the first best-selling modern electric car would be. I never really thought about which company would produce it or what kind of vehicle it would be.
At the moment, two pieces of evidence would lead to one conclusion, but I don’t think it makes much sense. Currently, the electric car that Americans buy the most is the Tesla Model 3. The type of vehicle that Americans buy the most is a pickup truck (Ford F-Series). Obviously, when Tesla sells its electric pickup for sale, it will take that first place, but somehow I don’t see Americans buying more Cybertrucks than anything else. I also don’t know if Tesla as a company can produce so many things and I don’t know if the current lithium industry is able to support it. I guess the same can be said for Ford’s upcoming all-electric F-150.
I know asked this question in The Morning Shift earlier, but I still wonder: if the best-selling car that turns out to be electric is further down the road, what will it be?