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USA: Electric Car Boosters Seek To Calm ‘Range Anxiety’

The interior of the General Motors Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant is shown October 11, 2011 in Hamtramck, Michigan. Officials from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration toured the plant today to highlight the Obama administrations fuel economy standards.

Electric vehicle manufacturers and advocates are facing questions from an increasingly interested US public about how the cars work and whether they can meet conventional driving needs.

“They want to know how long does it take to charge and how long can I drive on that charge,” said Karl Popham, Emerging Technologies and Electric Vehicles Manager at Austin Energy, a community-owned utility that is promoting EV adoption in the Texas capital.

With a total of 17,000-18,000 plug-in hybrid Chevy Volts and all-electric Nissan Leafs sold in the US in 2011, EV promoters including manufacturers, utilities and environmentalists are seeking to calm public concern over the vehicles’ driving range and the availability of stations for charging their batteries.
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