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EVS26 finds the electric car industry growing, but tentative, as it looks toward California expansion

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Drayson racing technologies produces electric cars that can go up to 320 kph and run 15 minutes in a race.

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The Qualcomm halo utilizes wireless charging for electric vehicles.

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VIA's onboard electric generator allows drivers to get 100 miles per gallon of gas.

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VIA's Chevy Silverado can travel 40 miles per charge.

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The MX30 by Balqon will be used in the Los Angeles ports to transport small loads.


The story a trade show EVS26 can tell the non-industry insider about electric cars is a complicated one. EVS26 is wrapping up today in LA’s Convention Center. I went by yesterday and today for a closer look at what’s going on, something members of the public, car enthusiasts, were able to do on the public day, Sunday, and with test drives outside the convention hall. (The Batmobile-style-Days of Thunder machine above not included.)

What’s interesting is that these guys are trying to guess what kind of inducements they have to provide to get people on board with new technology. What’s even more interesting is that, even after all these years, they’re still guessing.

Sometimes that takes the form of how the electrical current connects up to the car, what kind of a charger you need. Will people just be content to plug their cars into a 220 outlet at home? There’s a worry they won’t, which is why something called wireless charging was a big deal at this show. I saw this technology, and Consumer Reports describes it well:

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