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Tech Watch: Consumers Say Electric Cars Not Good Enough

(KCBS) – A new survey shows that while some consumers are interested in buying electric vehicles, many drivers don’t think the current offerings are good enough.

CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley comments on where EVs fall short.

“What the consumer is concerned about,” Cooley explains, “is range more than anything else and then price. They want 120 miles on a charge but these are expensive…. Affordable EVs don’t approach that. And only 12% said they’d be satisfied with a 30 to 60 mile range on a charge.”

Some say we just need more charging stations, but Cooley disagrees.
He believes it’s more important to get the battery technology changed so you get longer range out of a battery and charge it much faster. Instead of 4-8 hours as it takes now, 30 minutes or less would be better. But we’re still years out for all these changes to occur.

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  • batteryliving

    Lot of people think electric performance need to be same as gasoline. It may be you need to take the train for longer trips. We can not go on like energy is unlimited. At least not as long as we use limited resources. The fossil is fantastic but it is not sustainable because fossil will not exist forever.

  • makeitbetter

    What good is a “commuter” car being electric when you have a long commute? And I would love to take the train, but don’t have amtrak or even bart where I am. I would love if I could actually afford a family sized (growing family here) electric vehicle that for me from where I am to hubby’s work 70 miles away without a 3 hour charge. But that is years away. So in the mean time, I would love to not be forced to pay through the nose to refuel my minivan.

    • Paul Scott

      @makeitbetter – You should seriously consider moving closer to where you work. A 70 mile one way commute is an incredible waste of energy. You will be forced to buy very expensive oil forever. Also, the LEAF has a range of 100 miles. I have been driving mine for over two months and have two occasions where I got 100 miles on a charge, so I know it to be true. You could easily drive 70 miles to work, plug it in, and by the time you drove home, your battery pack would be full. You’ll need to get a charge station installed at work, but that’s relatively easy in most cases.

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