By James Osborne, Washington Energy Correspondent for Houston Chronicle
One of the questions that have long plagued automobile executives was whether motorists — after a century of pulling into gasoline stations for a near-instant fill-up — would be willing to switch to electric vehicles typically requiring hours-long charges.
With electric vehicles constituting less than 3 percent of the global auto sales, that question remains unresolved. Governments and automakers, however, are not waiting for the answer, confident technological advances will resolve that and other issues. They are forging ahead with plans to convert the majority of new car and light truck sales to electric by the 2030s in an effort to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.