Few former skeptics of electric vehicles would now doubt the electric future of automobiles. The “greenness” of that electricity itself remains contentious, but the leap to more widely spread renewable energy conversion is surely a shorter leap than the combustion engine has taken to electric after more than a century of fossil-fuelled ignition.
How this future electric vision manifests itself is quickly becoming a corporate battleground. Competition dictates that innovation progresses rapidly, usually at the expense of standardization. To become truly mainstream, that uniformity must first be reached. Once the battle is won, early adopters tend to pay the price with suddenly obsolete hardware.
Full report published here in Embedded Computing Design – February 2014