Electric Cars May Take Over the Market Sooner Than We Think (Video)

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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