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.

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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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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