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Just checking a couple of pages back so I can slide into the conversation... this time, I can't even dream of going back to read everything I missed.
We all know who finally won that contest, the jury is still out on electric verses gas.
I disagree with you on this one, Ken. Having driven electric-only vehicles for about three years now, electric is simply better. The driving dynamics are better, the power required is less, the efficiency is higher, the costs are lower, the chassis can be made safer, the catastrophic risks (e.g. fire/explosion) are lower, the battery can be recycled, there are fewer things to break, repair, or maintain (a Tesla drivetrain has six moving parts total), the convenience is greater... I could go on, but I think I've made my point.
Plenty of people have legitimate doubts about the viability or benefits of electric cars. In every single case I've yet seen, none of those people have driven an electric car for a week as their daily driver. I'm sure there are some exceptions out there, but I've yet to see any. Unfamiliarity creates doubt and skepticism, and that's totally understandable. But when you truly know and experience both sides of the coin... electric has already won.
For the large majority of the US population, a solid electric car is already a better choice than an ICE. Not for everyone yet, but already for at least 90% of the population. Now it's just a function of improving the battery capacity/density and the cost to get greater market penetration. Early products are always more expensive (an Apple II was $4,000 in 1982, remember?), and the Tesla Model S is definitely at the high end of the market. Fear not, the cost will come down.