Where will we see the most electric-car innovation? Take our Twitter poll

Where will we see the most electric-car innovation? Take our Twitter poll

California remains the epicenter of plug-in car adoption, with roughly half the country's electric-car sales over seven years recorded there. Twitter poll results But China's government-industrial goals, dangerous urban air quality, and command economy give it the ability to lead the world in adopting zero-emission vehicles. Where will we see the most electric-car innovation? — Green Car Reports (@GreenCarReports) February 12, 2018 To get a sense of what our Twitter followers feel, we've launched a new poll on the social-media service. It asks simply in what country or region the world will see the most electric-car innovation in future years. The options are listed alphabetically, making China the first of the four choices. It's followed by Europe, and then the United States. READ THIS: What electric-car charging will satisfy a mass market? One way to consider the question is to flip it asking where "electric-car innovation" will be strongest to the question of which market's consumers are most willing to try new vehicles and powertrains and new models of purchasing transportation services. It's also important to distinguish between a country's policies and the locations of the companies selling cars there.

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It hasn’t emerged much into the public eye, but some advocates and auto-industry sources have had quiet discussions on whether the U.S. will continue to lead the world in electric-car technology in a new decade.

California remains the epicenter of plug-in car adoption, with roughly half the country’s electric-car sales over seven years recorded there.

Tesla remains the world’s best-known seller of electric cars, and has severely rocked German luxury makers, who will launch competing electric vehicles starting later this year.

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But China’s government-industrial goals, dangerous urban air quality, and command economy give it the ability to lead the world in adopting zero-emission vehicles.

The Trump administration, meanwhile, is preparing to roll back corporate average fuel-economy rules adopted under the Obama administration, at the request of the Detroit Three, citing a broad shift in sales from cars to utility vehicles.

But where will the most innovation in electric cars—their technology, the vehicles themselves, greater levels of self-driving capability, and the transport-as-service ecosystem that surrounds them—come from in the future?

Where will we see the most electric-car innovation?

— Green Car Reports (@GreenCarReports) February 12, 2018

To get a sense of what our Twitter followers feel, we’ve launched a new poll on the…

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