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Subject:  Re: Electric car monies Date:  2/5/2013  9:06 PM
Author:  albaby1 Number:  40674 of 90628

But, my point is, that with the technology we have today we can get a reasonable car that is a "second" car for a family and handle lots of commutes or errands. Or you can get a PHEV that gets a big percentage of miles in EV and uses gas for longer trips.

As we've discussed before, I don't think that's right. The cost differential between the EV and a conventional hybrid is too high for you to realistically make up the price differential, if you're just using it as a "second" car. You're just not going to put enough miles on it fast enough to recoup your upfront costs. That's absent subsidies, though - if someone else picks up a big chunk of the cost, then *any* vehicle can make sense. But that's not really a long-term model, since it means that adoption is generally limited to the volume of subsidies we're willing to grant.

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