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    Default The U.S. Is A Gas-Guzzling Horror Show

    Folks posting here know this already, but, here is a pretty decent graphical representation of the US per capita consumption vs other countries.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...usaolp00000592
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    I'm all for people to make their own choices....Including what to drive.

    Guess that makes me Pro-Choice.
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    EIA numbers work out to 530 gallons of gas/person/year, I wonder where they got their information???

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    Why YES. YES we ARE.

    Driving a Volt helps. But you need to look at your other consumption. Heating. AC. Light bulbs. All of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elemental View Post
    I'm all for people to make their own choices....Including what to drive.

    Guess that makes me Pro-Choice.
    People can't actually make a choice until they know their choices.

    I'm not even as deep in it as I could be, and I regularly meet people who hadn't even considered Driving Electric...until they learn the truths about it.

    People aren't make choices, are more like horses with blinders on on. Keep on guzzlin'!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aventineavenue View Post
    People can't actually make a choice until they know their choices.

    I'm not even as deep in it as I could be, and I regularly meet people who hadn't even considered Driving Electric...until they learn the truths about it.

    People aren't make choices, are more like horses with blinders on on. Keep on guzzlin'!
    I think we'll see a radical shift in the next generation of car purchases (i.e., three to four years). We're still in the first generation of mainstream electric cars available to the public, and I think many people just don't know enough about them to feel confident even considering one. Now, with literally thousands of electric vehicles from a number of manufacturers on the roads, people can see them for themselves, and those EVs become a lot less intimidating and foreign as a result. I really do think that shift is coming.

    Also, on a side note: I've noticed that my Volt gets a lot of attention from a very specific group, and it makes me very happy. I noticed that the kids/teenagers who are riding with their parents are the ones most likely to be "checking out" my car. I have to imagine that on some level, they know that EVs are the future. Who knows, maybe they realize that their parents aren't leaving much of a world behind for them otherwise.

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    Agreed but your time horizon of 3-4 years is 5 times too short. It will take decades to flip the market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulgerite View Post
    Why YES. YES we ARE.

    Driving a Volt helps. But you need to look at your other consumption. Heating. AC. Light bulbs. All of it.
    Quite a few of us on this forum have looked at the big picture of our footprint. But not everyone cna do as we've done for a variety of reasons. In our case, we produced 20,183 kWh while only using 20,119 the last 12 months. but it was costly on the front end. As you can see, we're no longer "front end only-thinking" consumers.


    Quote Originally Posted by aventineavenue View Post
    People can't actually make a choice until they know their choices.

    I'm not even as deep in it as I could be, and I regularly meet people who hadn't even considered Driving Electric...until they learn the truths about it.

    People aren't make choices, are more like horses with blinders on on. Keep on guzzlin'!
    After asking about the price, the next most frequent question I get is concerning how much range to expect from the initial charge and the follow-on "then what?" question. You can, with only slight hyperbole, see it stamped on their foreheads before giving an answer - the fear that their lives will be ruined because they would lose their ability to roam as they please. I doubt that many, outside of the EV community, know how many miles/day they actually drive on average.

    Only we in the EV community know the pattern of our driving also. And yes, I'll bet that even we have altered our habits ever so slightly. I have. Not much. Which is why we put over 21,000 miles on the Odo in our first year.

    Again, big picture, long-term thinking is not common. You have to start from a comfortable place sometimes to embrace it.
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    According to the DOE, in the year 2040 bev and plug in hybrids will have 2% market share. Vast majority of cars will be gasoline powered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmaj View Post
    According to the DOE, in the year 2040 bev and plug in hybrids will have 2% market share. Vast majority of cars will be gasoline powered.
    I presume they mean globally, because otherwise that'd be ridiculously funny.

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