It makes sense. As it is, the average person uses his car for only one hour a day, according to a still-widely cited 1995 statistic from the U.S. Department of Transportation. And driving by U.S. household fell nearly 10 percent between 2004 and 2014, marking the first major shift in car ownership since World War II.
“Whenever I need a car it’d be there for me and do what I need it to do, but when I didn’t need it, it wouldn’t cost me anything or take up any of my space. That sounds great,” Brauer said. “And I’m a car guy.”
Big carmakers have yet to start making NEVs. Polaris Industries, known for its all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, has emerged as a leading manufacturer.
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For now, NEVs are largely limited to enclosed areas, such as college campuses or factories. Most cannot go faster than 35 miles per hour and are therefore barred from using many roads. But, with time, they may replace personal cars.
“It’s not going to happen overnight,” John O’Dell, senior editor at the car-shopping site Edmunds.com, told HuffPost. “But it will probably be a thing that happens, especially in urban areas.”