Late in June, a converted Le Mans prototype built by Drayson Racing set an FIA World Land Speed Record for an electric car. The sub-1,000kg (2,204lbs) electric racer reached a speed of 204.185 mph, but that was not the only development from the land-speed record run. A spectator of this demonstration was former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, who confirmed that the search engine giant is investing heavily in research and development in the electric car industry.
According to an Autocar report, Schmidt says that he envisions the electric car being mainstream in 20 years, and that we are experiencing the beginnings of a new industry.
“History has proven that new technology thrives best in new companies,” said Schmidt. “The technology itself is simple, and the application of it is advancing quickly.”
Schmidt went on to say that he’s not sure exactly where Google fits into the picture just yet. He just left a very vague notion of the company’s intent:
“If we can get involved in anything that promotes new technology, innovation, materials and so on, then we’ll be signed up for it.”
The Google CEO has previously been vocal about the future of autonomous vehicles, predicting that they will become the predominant form of transportation in the future. He has also stated that human operation of motor vehicles is the “bug” or “flaw” in daily transportation. Electric propulsion is apparently also part of Schmidt’s vision for the future of motoring.
Problem is, where does that leave those who want to self-drive and operate a traditional internal combustion-powered vehicle in 20 years? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
- Eric Schmidt