Friday, July 5, 2013

Transition To Electric Cars Underway, Says GM Official

General Motors' James Bell believes the transition to electric vehicles is just around the corner.
President Barack Obama, with Assembly Manager Teri Quigley, drives a new Chevy Volt, during his tour of the General Motors Auto Plant in Hamtramck, Mich., July 30, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
By Jennifer Salko
According to General Motors’ Head of Consumer Affairs James Bell, now is the time for large and small businesses alike to become more involved in the marketplace for vehicles that run solely on electricity.
“Not only do people see great economic opportunity here, but they also pick up on the fact that these vehicles are better for the environment and reduce our dependency on oil,” Bell told TRNS.
At the 2013 Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) Conference, which took place June 10-12, Bell said he noticed that the transition to electric vehicles is just around the corner. Large industrial companies, such as Bosch, have started to invest more money in order to build up their infrastructure and provide readily available products to consumers.
Bell knows that the transition to electric vehicles will take time for individual consumers, but believes that the development of new infrastructure will allow for an easy transition.
“It isn’t really car news as nearly as much as it is infrastructure news, as I will be able to buy an electric car and be able to find charging stations around my town as I am able to find gassing stations today,” he said.