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Why EV range is not so critical
Look forward to the Tesla S, just got to drive the Leaf for first time. Very impressed and it got me to thinking about the common argument against EVs - "range anxiety". I think the correct answer is using the right tool for the job: The number of vehicles owned by American households has been increasing and is now about 2.5, with 3+ being the largest group. So, for low operating cost and to avoid depreciating the ICE vehicle on short trips, obviously one of these vehicles should be an EV. This should be a "real" car, capable of freeway speeds, but really doesn't need to have much more than a 100 mile range.
Once people understand this strategy I think EVs will take off. The EV doesn't need to be an all purpose car, it just needs to to what it does best at a reasonable price. By extension it doesn't need to go the Volt route either, carrying 2 drivetrains and the cost and weight penalties that go with it.