Public Not Ready for Electric Vehicles?

In a study presented at California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) workshop on California’s
electric vehicle (EV) mandate, U.C. Berkeley Professor Dr. Kenneth Train found that average
consumers would demand that a battery-powered EV be approximately $28,000 less expensive
than a comparable internal-combustion vehicle before they would agree to own and drive it.
“This would be necessary to offset the shortcomings, such as limited range, that are
characteristic of EVs.” The study also concluded that the mass market is not ready to
accept EVs as general-use vehicles. Electric vehicles do not presently have enough power or
range to tow trailers.


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