May 27, 2021

When Will Electric Vehicles Become Mainstream? Much Work Remains to be Done, Duke Professors Say

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Shortly after President Joe Biden test drove a new electric F-150 in Michigan, Duke University hosted a livestreamed Q&A to discuss the state of the electric vehicle industry with Timothy Johnson, a professor of the practice of energy and the environment, and Jennifer Weiss, senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

WRAL TechWire reported that Weiss said addressing how and when electric vehicles could become more widespread is a chicken-and-egg problem.

“Dealerships right now don’t have a lot of electric vehicles on the lots,” Weiss said. “Until we see a lot more of the electric vehicles actually on the lots so people can test drive them and compare them to a traditional fuel vehicle, I think we have a little bit more of an uphill climb.”

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