The Autoliterate article inspired this thought:
Ford attempted to go the electric route, but the lead-acid batteries and charging infrastructure weren't up to it. So gasoline (a cheap waste product of kerosine refinery at the time) was his second choice. Now, LiIon batteries and a far more robust and ubiquitous grid have opened the door again. And Musk stepped through where Ford was blocked.
Back to the Future, indeed. What cars were always meant to be, what the "traditional" pioneer(s) hoped they could be.
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