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I do believe there will be a need and market for EV's. The issue (at least for me) is the price and range/distance between charge. They will get better in the way of distance, but price? That is to be seen, at least by me.
 

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EVs (Hybrids too) are a great thing for America in the big picture …

1. Requires new and upgraded electric grid. In some parts of the US the grid is old and unreliable. Spending trillions (or lots of Billions) on this creates 10s of thousands of excellent paying jobs and new skills for people to learn to get those jobs. And if done right, eventually creates a reliable grid that pays for itself it countless ways.

2. Requires new technologies to be invented like wireless EV charging on roads, parking spaces, etc.

3. Could bring huge amounts of good paying auto worker jobs back to the US for vehicle manufacturing, electronics and electric motor manufacturing, parts manufacturing, etc. Incentives likely are needed here to bring these kinds of new jobs to America.

4. Could require university and trade school programs to be created to provide new education areas and to train students for new careers.

5. New innovations needed for battery technologies (think solid state batteries etc), recycling old batteries, etc. The US could become a leader in innovations again.

Even if EVs aren’t for you, you would have to agree are important to America well beyond just should I buy an EV or an ICE vehicle or whatever technology follows those.
 

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I'm on the side that thinks we should have less cars. EVs are not a perfect solution to all the problems that cars have created over the past 100 years. Personally I would still prefer a small displacement gas engine in a light weight vehicle.
 

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As a geek, I think EV's are pretty slick. The tech is evolving rapidly in real time. That doesn't make me want one- my typical driving is not conducive to an EV- yet.

Hybrids OTOH are a better solution, the CEO of Toyota has long stated this for a number of reasons. Prior to buying our BS we strongly considered a RAV4 Hybrid among others but the other cars were underwhelming.

Much to the dismay of the anti-oil demagogues, oil will not go away even if everyone is forced at gunpoint to adopt EVs. Petrochemicals are in everything, and though it's admirable, plant based fuels are and will remain prohibitively expensive (4-5x more expensive for the AvGas version over dino juice) comparatively for a very long time.
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