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    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    WHAT DRIVERS DON’T KNOW HOLDS BACK THE FUTURE

    What's Holding Back Electric-Car Sales? Many Consumers Don't Know Much About the Vehicles or Available Incentives

    Yuliya Chernova, September 28, 2014 (Wall Street Journal)

    “…Research suggests [electric car sales are lower than predicted because of] a basic lack of familiarity, a high price tag, misconceptions about the cars—and ineffective government incentives…In a survey by researchers from Indiana University and the University of Kansas, respondents couldn't correctly answer basic factual questions about plug-in electric vehicles more than 60% of the time. Some 75% of wrong answers underestimated the beneficial aspects of the vehicles…Many respondents didn't realize that all-electric cars require less maintenance than gasoline-powered cars. Oil changes aren't necessary, for example, and there are fewer breakable parts. The study also found that people often underestimated the fuel savings electric cars offer…Obstacles cited in [a National Research Council] report included high prices, few model choices, limited driving range on a single charge, the lack of a widespread charging infrastructure, and the inconvenience of installing charging stations at home…The report suggested that helping people learn more about electric cars, including through demonstrations at locations such as sports stadiums, office parks and malls, would go a long way to changing their attitudes…” click here for more

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