Interview with Vijay Vaitheeswaran
'Improbable breakthroughs' is one of the primary themes at this year's Poptech conference. Fitting then, that Toyota has its plug-in hybrid Prius on hand for attendees to test drive -- with fast-improving tech and still-rising gas prices, electric cars are more than overdue a mass market breakthrough. Interestingly, when I caught up with Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, the co-author of Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future and award-winning correspondent for the Economist, he explained how that breakthrough might come far sooner than we might think: Here, Vaitheeswaran notes that oil may become a stranded asset if EVs successfully bring the market to a tipping point. I hope he's right. And below, he explains why it's an exciting time for electric cars in general:
He'll delve deeper into these ideas, as well as others, at the Economist's Intelligent Infrastructure conference next February.
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