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  1. Adams Reed
    December 23, 2011

    I always say that being environment friendly is something which only the rich can afford, and your post brilliantly sums up my ideas regarding electric cars. This is definitely not an option available to people with small pockets-if not to say empty. But I believe the situation will definitely change in the future, as more electric car producers join the market and more models are introduced.

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  2. Oren
    December 24, 2011

    Very nice post. I am sure, though, that it is just a matter of time (maybe a long time) before al of these probelms are addressed.

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  3. Paul Scott
    December 26, 2011

    I have an opposing point of view. I’ve been driving an EV for 9 years and powering it with kWh I generate from the sunlight falling on my roof. Thousands of new Volt and LEAF drivers are doing it, too. Let me take you through each point…

    The Price

    People base the value of the car they buy on the various attributes it has. Things like style, acceleration, efficiency, etc. Believe it or not, there are many Americans who also value things like using 100% domestic energy that can be made from wind or sunlight. They value not using oil that fouls our air, costs hundreds of billions of our dollars every year. So, a car that is very quick and powerful, makes no noise, and uses energy over which we will never fight a war, is intrinsically more valuable to a certain set of Americans.

    The question is, how many people feel this way? I believe the number is in the millions. It’s a matter of stressing that these attributes are available with electric drive. Once more people understand this, and buy the EVs, the word will spread and more people will begin to accept that these cars are absolutely worth what they cost. Then it’s a matter of getting the price down for the rest of the market. That will easily happen over time.

    The Math

    As someone who has used EVs for almost a decade, this “range anxiety” thing is only real for about a month or so. Once you get used to the car’s range, it’s not a big deal. This anxiety will further be reduced as more charge stations are installed, especially workplace stations.

    The Limited Service Options

    This one really shows the author’s ignorance about EVs. One of the best aspects of EVs is that they require virtually no maintenance. My RAV was 8.5 years old and had 91,000 miles on it when I sold it. It was still running exactly the same as when new, and the only thing I changed was two shocks. I never needed a mechanic other than for that and tires.

    The Charge

    The pure EV like the LEAF is not made for long distance driving, so complaining that it doesn’t work for that type of driving is not helpful. If you drive long distance a lot, you should opt for technology like the Chevy Volt. That will cover any driving needs you could have.

    Just like flat screen TVs, cell phones and computers, everything is a bit higher in the first stages of development. The benefits of electric drive are so important that we have to get there as quickly as possible.

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  4. youngandthrifty
    December 31, 2011

    You have an interesting take on electric cars. They are becoming more popular as people start going “green.” We have to wonder whether people can really afford this.

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  5. Financial God
    January 2, 2012

    Add in the energy to produce these cars and dispose of them, and they are not even green at all. So I even doubt that they are better for the environment.

    We will have better tech someday, but we are not quite there yet.

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  6. Jai Catalano
    January 9, 2012

    I know… I don’t think it is worth it. Why can’t they just be cheaper? That’s like everything else in the world… Sell us until we all have it and then drop the price.

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