40 percent of U.S. households could switch to a plug-in hybrid without changing their routine
One of the enduring myths about electric vehicles is that they’re totally impractical for your average family. But the Union of Concerned Scientists did a little bit of figuring and found that, for a surprising number of households, that’s just not true. A quarter of U.S. households would do just fine with a full-on battery-powered EV. And more than 40 percent could start driving a plug-in hybrid, like the Chevy Volt, without changing their routine at all.
UCS looked at three main criteria that could prevent people from using plug-in hybrids for practical reasons:
- Does the household have access to charging?
- Are there generally four or fewer passengers in the car?
- Do they haul stuff?
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