"A HUGE step in the Right Direction"4.5 starson by heymikemason
Pros: -Drives great
-Outstanding Cabin Tech
-Bye-bye, oil dependency
Cons: -Limited range means it's not for everyone
-Hyper-environmentalists will cause "smug alerts"
-Rabid haters of everything green will give drivers threatening glances
Summary: The pros and cons have been argued ad nauseum. Drive one yourself and see if you like it. I did. Then, decide if you can survive on 80-100 miles per day (the cabin tech makes it idiot-proof). If the car works for you, buy it. But please don't rant about how it's not good for the environment or its a step in the wrong direction. Anything that decreases (foreign or domestic) oil dependence is a good thing. And for the naysayers who repeatedly say that electric cars generate more emissions because of coal, check this out:
From: "Busting the Myths About electric Cars" - Coal-burning utilities mean electric cars will make emissions worse" (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/30/busting-myths-electric-cars)
Hardly. Even in predominantly coal-burning regions, an electric car releases 35 to 60 percent less CO2 than a comparable conventional car, according to industry think tank Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In areas with an ecofriendly power mix, the emissions are up to 75 percent lower. EPRI transportation expert Mark Duvall points out that "as the grid gets cleaner-which it almost certainly will-electric cars will get cleaner, too." Bonus: Unlike gas, which is refined largely from imported petroleum, electricity flows from domestic sources.
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