Electric cars are gaining in sophistication, but mass sales are unlikely with mains power coming from fossil fuels.

Stephanie Pottinger
  • 22 april 2011

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This article titled “Why there’s a speed limit on the road to a fuel-less future” was written by Robin McKie, for The Observer on Saturday 16th April 2011 23.05 UTC

Electric cars have taken their time to return to our roads. A century ago, they were serious rivals to petrol-fuelled vehicles, with early versions including a New York fleet of electric taxis built in 1897. However, the cheap power of petrol let the internal combustion engine monopolise road transport by the early 20th century.

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