There are many good reasons to like electric cars. Their acceleration is smooth, linear, rapid, and powerful. The immediate torque from electric motors gives EVs exceptional drivability, which is a key reason that luxury-vehicle manufacturers and supercar builders are turning to electric power for their most leading-edge designs.
But it isn’t EV’s speed and high-performance potential that interests many consumers in purchasing electric vehicles. It is their concern for the environment. Electric vehicles are considered to be “zero-emission” vehicles, and since exhaust emissions both pollute and might contribute to global climate change, some consumers prefer them to conventional cars. Federal, state, and even local governments have joined the effort to promote the quick adoption of EVs by subsidizing their purchase. And many publicly and privately owned utilities have similarly gotten on board with incentives to promote EV sales.