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Old 12-01-2019, 07:48 AM   #20 (permalink)
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People aren't rational. A 100 mile range EV is fine for most anyone with access to home charging, but they want a vehicle that can make their annual Thanksgiving 500 mile trip, even though renting a car is pretty cheap (or borrow a friend's) and probably a good idea for racking up a lot of miles.

I suspect increasing plug-in hybrid sales in the interim. Makes perfect sense to have a battery big enough to complete daily needs, which means the ICE can be downsized since it doesn't need to be so powerful to accelerate up to speed.

The upcoming RAV4 Prime sounds like a pretty good compromise of EV range, power, utility, and efficiency that would appeal to US buyers.
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