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The lowest hanging fruit for reducing gas consumption on transportation is for short trips with an EV.

I don't think that's right. The lowest hanging fruit is the replacement of large inefficient vehicles with smaller more efficient conventional vehicles when the older cars reach the end of their useful life.

That's what's been happening - new car fuel economy has climbed sharply in the last 7-8 years, but very little of that is due to any advanced technology. EV's are still a miniscule segment of the market, and even 'conventional' hybrids are only about 3% of new vehicle sales. We've been reducing gasoline consumption because people are switching out their SUV's for crossovers, larger sedans for smaller cars, and increasingly buying compacts.

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