Look for EVs to be big in 2020s

Automakers are developing hundreds of electric vehicle lines, from the Mustang to the Hummer truck.


National News

February 11, 2020 - 9:58 AM

Attendees examine the Ford Mustang Mach-E all electric vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Pace on February 6, 2020. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

The auto industry is betting hundreds of billions of dollars that this is the decade you’re going to buy an electric vehicle.

From a sporty Ford Mustang crossover to the rebirth of a brawny GMC Hummer truck, legacy and startup automakers alike have hundreds of electric vehicles in the development pipeline, with industry projections that EV sales will surpass traditional internal combustion engines by 2030.

But at the Chicago Auto Show, which runs Feb. 8 to 17 at McCormick Place, full battery-powered EVs were as few and far between as they are on America’s roadways, with only a handful of models on display that you can buy and drive now. Based on EV product launches scheduled for 2020 alone, that should change dramatically by next year’s show.

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