Electric, hybrid and range-extender vehicles will become accepted as the industry norm by users in the same way consumers have accepted advancing mobile phone and flat-screen television technology, according to a pioneer of the technology.
Henrik Fisker, the man behind the imminent launch of the luxury range-extender Fisker Karma hybrid saloon, said commentators who dismiss electric cars as expensive should look at advances in other areas of technology as proof that the electric car will soon have its day.
“Look at flat-screen TVs and smartphones,” Fisker told the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi today. “When they first came out, no-one said they’d never catch on as they were too expensive.
“Everyone’s is buying a flat-screen TV and smartphone now and no-one who’s done it is going to go back to the old technology. Sure, an old TV may have just as good a picture as a flat-screen but that didn’t stop them taking off.
“It’s the same with electric cars: if you want one, you will buy one, more people will see them and then everyone will want the latest technology.”