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U.S. Drivers Ready For Electric Cars, Even If They Don’t Know It Yet

When Chevrolet was engineering the Volt range-extended electric car, it gave the car a battery just big enough for 40-50 miles of electric range.

GM did this because it reasoned that this electric range would be most effective for most drivers–covering the average commute on electricity alone. That two thirds of Volt miles are all-electric proves the concept works.

Now, another survey has emerged confirming that the average electric car really can meet the needs of the average American consumer–they just don’t realize it yet.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has found that 42 percent of American households with a vehicle could do their driving using one of the electric cars on sale today.

The UCS figures come from a Venn diagram based on three simple attributes of the average driver and electric car requirements: That of a space to park and plug in, enough seats for passengers, and lack of hauling needs requiring a bigger, beefier vehicle.

56 percent of U.S. households apparently have access to charging. A full 95 percent of U.S. drivers carry fewer than four passengers–a number most electric cars happily carry–and 79 percent of U.S. drivers have no hauling needs, ruling out the need for a big SUV or pickup.


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