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Old 01-16-2010, 12:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by dcb View Post
Considering how much local driving goes on, it makes sense not to schlep a gas engine and tank and pollution controls and expense all around town.
Well, there you go, assuming everyone is just like you :-) A pure electric might make sense for your purely local driving (but quite possibly a bike would make even more sense), and indeed, I do believe you can buy electric neighborhood vehicles right now.

I'm different. I do very little local driving (since I telecommute to work). Most drives start at about 35 miles, and work up to about 120 or so, with occasional longer trips. (And often involve 3000-4000 ft climbs.) So does it make sense to shlep around the massive & expensive battery pack needed for this range, or to have a small battery pack and small, lightweight engine instead?
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