As someone that has been involved in the clean energy sector since 2007, I am a little embarrassed that whilst I was quick to see solar and then energy storage as massively fast paced and disruptive technologies, I was off the pace with Electric cars. Perhaps as I love cars, and hated the Prius whenever I went in one! As outlined here though in a great blog by Skeleton Technology, electric cars are not new, but they certainly are the future. And near future at that.
We live in a time of enormous disruption, but also of very well (fossil fuel) funded inertia and misinformation. It's important we all share the reality of what is possible, if we are to keep a stable planet.
The age of extinction for ICEs Compared to internal combustion engines, electric motors are mechanically very simple and often achieve 90% energy conversion efficiency (about three times higher than ICEs) over the full range of speeds and power output. Additionally, they can also be combined with regenerative braking systems, also called Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS), which have the ability to convert energy of motion back into stored electricity. This can be used to reduce the wear-and-tear on brake systems and reduce the total energy needed for a trip. KERS is particularly effective in congested stop-and-go city traffic, where vehicles such as buses routinely make a large number of stops on their route, or on hilly terrain.