COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND – Internal combustion engines, transmissions and overall vehicle structure are the core competencies of major vehicle manufacturers. They outsource and rely on others for quality control of seats, dashboards and the like. With regard to the future, that puts them at a disadvantage. Electronics, computers and the like are not what they do well.
The principal barriers to profitable production and wide adaptation of electric vehicles (EVs) have been range, high costs and the availability of charging stations.