Wall Street Embraces Tesla -- But Will American Drivers Follow?

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A Toyota representative plugs a power cable from a vehicle charging station into the side of a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid in San Francisco, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been around for over 100 years and despite being especially popular in the Bay Area, they've never quite cracked the national market. But with Tesla briefly overtaking General Motors as the most valuable automaker in America on Monday and Tesla's more affordable Model 3 set to be released later this year, electric vehicles might be headed for the mainstream. In this hour of Forum, we'll discuss the current state of electric cars in the U.S. and how President Trump's policies on energy and trade might affect the EV industry.


Joel Levin, executive director, Plug In America

Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Program at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law

Loren McDonald, marketing evangelist and blogger