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40 percent of people ready for plug-in vehicles – Chicago Tribune

11t. The 2014 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid gets a combined 95 mpge, or 58 mpg in gas hybrid mode. In electric only mode it has an 11-mile range. (Toyota)
Dec. 12, 2013, 12:01 p.m.
Jennifer Geiger,

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit group intent on “solving the planet’s most pressing problems,” less than 1 percent of U.S. motorists drive electric vehicles, despite that 65 percent think EVs are an important part of our transportation future. Long commutes, range anxiety and just plain habit are preventing most people from investigating whether an electric vehicle would work for their family. Apparently, however, there are fewer hurdles than most people think.

A new UCS survey reports that an EV would fit the lifestyles of 4 out of 10 households, requiring little change in driving habits. The organization randomly surveyed 1,004 adults about their driving and parking routines and found that 42 percent of car owners met the basic criteria for daily use of a plug-in hybrid EV, like the Chevrolet Volt. Half of those households could comfortably own a traditional EV, like the Nissan Leaf.



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