We saw a resurgence in the late 20th century, with some commercial success. The Toyota Prius comes immediately to mind, a hybrid vehicle that uses a small engine to charge batteries on the fly. One example that I point to as a stark evolution point is the dominance of the diesel-electric locomotive. Huge, hulking machines that use diesel engines to charge batteries that run electric motors that pull our trains all over the US.
I tell you all this to provide a background. It seems that Elon Musk has come out with what he thinks is the third generation of his electric car. The Tesla Model 3.
Standing before a collection of new Model 3s, Musk reminded the audience that the car represented the culmination of a long-held dream to bring affordable, zero-pollution vehicles to the world's highways.Zero pollution? What charges the batteries? How is the electricity produced?
There is no free ride, not even electric vehicles. We've made huge strides but we're not there yet. I'm just sayin'.