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Slideshow: Why Automakers Are Rolling Out Electric Cars

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Mike_Eng47
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Criticism of EV's is from the non-user point of view
Mike_Eng47   12/24/2012 11:52:33 PM
It is funny that all of the criticism of EV's is from people who don't own or drive one.  They complain about range, cost, recharging time, or a number of other shortcomings.  I don't hear the same complaints about pickups, sports cars, or other established vehicle types.  The truth is that many types of vehicles are good within a specific use case, and not very good outside it.  For example, my F-150 gets much better gas mileage than your prius when hauling a load of 16 ft 2x12's or a thousand pounds of concrete blocks, but your prius wins as a commuter vehicle or for long trips if it holds the number of people you want to take. 

About 6 monts ago, we purchased a Think, a small pure EV, which is mostly used for commuting.  It is great for that, but not a car for longer trips.  It is an application specific vehicle, like a pickup, sports car, 18 wheeler, box van, and I am sure you can name other examples.  That it has limitations is without question.  So does every other type of vehicle.  The issue for the potential buyer is if it fits their needs.  For multi-car families, this is often the case, but not always.  If you have a driving pattern that fits an EV, you may find your attitude can change.  The current subsidies make it financially reasonable, but these should be considered temporary.  The EV industry will either reap the benefits of this jump start, with battery costs declining as volume and technology improve, or go back to servicing a small niche market.  The current crop of EV offerings are real vehicles. Most will meet the needs of a large percentage of urban drivers, but we need to look at them for what they do, rather than for what they don't.  And wipe that EV smile off your face when you drive past the gas station (not).

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