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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:51 AM

A study by JD Power and Associates recently discovered not only is range anxiety keeping people from purchasing electric vehicles, but also what range is important before they'd contemplate it. The survey found that electric range has to be at least 219 miles before they'd consider getting one. Have you been looking to sell or buy a new or used Spokane WA Ford Focus? If this describes you, do yourself a favor and look at Gus Johnson cars Spokane!

Expecting more from electric range

There are lots of people who purposefully stay away from vehicles that are powered by an electric battery. This contains all-electric automobiles such as the Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrid electrics such as the Chevy Volt.

An electric car can be electric and have a different power source, such as the Honda Clarity FCX that is a hydrogen fuel cell car.

A J.D. Power and Associates survey showed that people are overestimating the range of an EV usually. The Leaf only gets 73 miles while most people think the average range is 156 miles on a full charge. According to AutoGuide, the study also showed that a lot of people are unwilling to purchase electric because it does not have a big enough range.

Range required for battery

The study also asked buyers what range they would have to see in a vehicle before they would be willing to purchase one with an electric range. The number was way higher than anything seen right now since many people said they would have to see a 219 mile range before purchasing one.

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A lot of people are not willing to spend the money essential for that type of range. The only car capable of the range right now is the Tesla S, but each extra battery pack size adds thousands of dollars. It is way too expensive to get a massive range on an electric vehicle. Many people do not have that kind of money.

The other problem is that people would rather purchase a more costly car if they have the money than get an electric automobile. For example, before the federal tax credit of $7,500, the Nissan Leaf starts at $35,200. If you get a magic Nissan service to install a charging station, you have to pay more than that. According to JD Power’s blog, that is way too much cash.

Picking a choice that makes more sense

It makes much more sense to get a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The range for electric is not as high, but they are more useful for long commutes and road trips. There are a couple appearing soon, such as the Outlander PHEV which will come out next year, according to AutoBlog, and the Plug-in Prius.



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