Fuel is becoming a precious commodity day by day. Also the need to protect the environment is forcing people to adopt other sources to power up the vehicles. Therefore the automakers in the world are recently taking a lot of interest in electric cars. The auto giants are into various research and development projects to produce the most powerful electric cars and the outcome is looking seriously great. This new genre that has been started by the electric cars has attracted even the search engine giant, Google. Yes, it may happen that Google will soon become an automaker.
It might surprise you to know that Google, king among the search engines, was found by two PhD students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page in the year 1998 as a private firm. Just 6 years later, in 2004, it was opened for the public offering. Google has always been one of the most desirable companies to work with. In the years 2007, 2008 and 2012, Fortune magazine had ranked it as the number one company to work for while in the year 2009 and 2010 it was the 4th company on this list.
Recently at a world racing tournament, Lord Paul Drayson, former science minister, has set the record for the fastest electric car at RAF’s Elvington Airfield located in Yorkshire. The specially built vehicle, B 12 69/ EV Le Mans Prototype, was the record braking car. The car was seen running at the final speed of 204 mph. It is one of the most awaited event for the racers as well automakers but a very unexpected guest was seen at the event this time. The CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, was present for almost 2 hours witnessing the test drives before the actual race.
Eric Schmidt has said that Google is investing significantly in auto industry. He also said that “This is the beginning of a new industry. History has proven that new technology thrives best in new companies. I figure that in 20 years’ time, electric cars will be in the mainstream. The technology itself is simple and the application of it is advancing quickly. Eventually, people will have to look at internal combustion-engined cars and ask why we drive such complex vehicles. Digital cameras have replaced analogue cameras; the same will eventually happen with our cars. Ultimately, I don’t know where Google fits in. But if we can get involved in anything that promotes new technology, innovation, materials and so on, then we’ll be signed up for it.”