Thanks for the article Charles. I have found that the needs for many people are different when it comes to purchasing a vehicle of any kind, not just an EV. For me and many other people in states North of the Mason-Dixon and particularly in the Northern-most states, their vehicle needs to be reliable in any weather and road condition. For instance, if a consumer purchases a vehicle for their daily commute of the 30-50 mile round trip and something happens on the way to or from work that is out of the ordinary, such as slipping on the ice and sliding into a ditch or getting stuck in a snow bank. There are few all-wheel drive EVs and even fewer that are under that $30k magical number. Additionally, while the consumer calls a tow truck to drag them out of the snow bank or ditch, that 30-50 mile ticker is going down due to "idling" to keep the heater and whatever else running while the person waits to get back onto the road. Since, just about everyone I know in and around this area has been stuck in some winter condition at least once in their lives, there just isn't an EV made for people that drive outside of California, Florida, and the other few states in which snow doesn't tend to last more than a day or get deeper than an inch. As soon as an EV with all-wheel drive, decent ground clearance, at least a 150-mile range, and under $30k prior to or without any gov't incentives comes along, I'm in. I can bet there's more than one person that agrees with me out there too.
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