The future of cars looks electric

From Wired:

"We're starting to see the path forward coalesce," says Aaron Bragman, an auto-industry analyst with IHS Global Insight. "They're all rallying around electric vehicles, and these aren't cars that are five or 10 years away. These cars are on production timelines."

Extended-range electric vehicles take us another big step away from petroleum. Cars ... use electricity to drive the wheels and a small internal combustion engine to recharge the battery as it approaches depletion ... eliminat[ing] the "range anxiety" that can make EVs a tough sell.

With the infrastructure already in place, battery-driven electric vehicles have a key advantage over their hydrogen fuel cell powered counterparts.