Electric cars roadmap: where are we with electric cars and what have they got to do with digital cameras? YW explores the explosion in camera development over the last ten years, and wonders if electric cars will follow the same pattern.

Digital camera and electric car timeline

Digital camera and electric car timeline

Think back a bit to the emergence of digital cameras. The date is 1999, Nikon cameras launches the first mainstream professional digital camera, the D1. That’s not to say that there weren’t digital cameras before. Most notably, Kodak had a range of pro digital SLRs (Single Lens Reflex), Canon too, but they were never truly mainstream and cost a fortune. At that time, if you asked most photographers whether they were “going digital”, they’d say the cameras weren’t good enough, and maybe never would be. After all, how could you match the amazing image quality of a 5×4 inch studio camera?

Move on ten years to 2009, and it’s hard to find a photographer not using digital cameras. AND they trump film in just about every respect. So are we in “1999” with electric cars? Will they be the norm rather than the eccentric? The mundane instead of the unusual ? Come 2019 will the infrastructure have changed sufficiently to accommodate the potential explosion in electric car use?

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