Whether plug-in hybrids and other forms of electric vehicles become a Linux-like alternative to the mainstream automakers remains to be seen. But there are certainly a wide variety of manufacturers who are working on various forms of electric vehicles.
The GM-Volt.com blog has a compiled a list of New Electric Car Companies (expanding on a similar list from CNET) with more than 20 companies listed! And that excludes any of the major manufacturers (Ford, GM, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, and Volvo), which have electric vehicles in development or production.
The field is so wide open that startup companies such as Tesla and Fisker (pictured) who are reportedly going to be producing as many as 15,000 vehicles in 2009 might be able to actually break into the mainstream.
Of course, most of these companies won't make it; that's simple economics. But will some of them become the brands of the future? Will they make it on their own...or be acquired by major manufacturers? Or are electric vehicles just another form of venture capital vaporware. We can't say for sure, but EcoGeek's looking forward to watching their progress.
written by Solar Coupons, November 07, 2007
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