“It almost appears as if it is a revolution, but the reality is that today, the average dealer in the United States is only selling one electric vehicle a month,” Smith said.
Smith also said regular gasoline engines are becoming so efficient, it raises questions about taxes.
“Our roads are funded by a gasoline tax. As we change more and more, even to fuel-efficient internal combustion, if you see a huge shift to that, where are we going to fund our roads?” Smith said.
What is selling? Cars with collision avoidance systems, said Steve McDowell with Infonation, a firm that mines auto sales data.
“People coming into this show don’t realize how many autonomous features there are. Collision prevention, which is one very important feature---these are the best vehicles that have ever been built,” he said.