The Debate About Electric Vehicles (EVs) and AI Autonomous Cars

So far, it appears that with pretty much a normal car, whether
an EV or a gas-powered one, we’ll be able to make it into an AI
self-driving car. (GETTY IMAGES)

Electrical Vehicles (EVs) are talked about, they are praised,
they get a lot of attention, and in some parts of the United States
there is a near obsession with them (hint: California).

In spite of all the hype and press, the reality is that there
are only around 1.1 million such cars in the U.S. and it represents
a small fraction of the 250+ million cars in the country. That’s
less than one-half of one percent of the total cars in

When I say this at various industry presentations, those with an
EV are quick to yell at me as a traitor and get upset at my
seemingly naysayer commentary.

Allow me to clarify that I am fully supportive of EVs and hope
that a lot more will get sold. I’m a big cheerleader for EVs. All
I’m trying to point out is that we have a long way to go before
they become prevalent.

In terms of EVs, I am lumping together all variations in this
herein discussion, for convenience’s sake. Generally, there are
Plug-in EV’s (PEVs), consisting of Battery EV (BEVs) that are
equipped to only run on batteries, and there are the Hybrid EVs
(abbreviated as either HEVs or PHEVs), which use both a gas powered
internal combustion engine and battery power.

Why have EV’s? One argument in favor of EV is that they are
less polluting than conventional gas-powered cars. Thus,
ecologically, the EV is better for the environment. We can all
breathe a bit easier. Another argument is that the adoption of
EV’s might aid in reducing the pace of climate change. That’s
one that gets a lot of people in a tizzy since there are some that
believe in climate change and some that do not.

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By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider
March 26, 2020