Makers of electric vehicles are beginning to talk publicly about the next big step: building an affordable long-range car.
Recently, a GM executive hinted that it has set a goal of creating a $30,000 electric car with a 200-mile range. In June, Tesla chairman Elon Musk similarly said that his company is hoping to build a "smaller version of the Model S at about half the price." That would amount to an EV with a 200-mile range and a price tag between $35,000 and $40,000.
The national media, of course, are giddy about this. If you type electric car, GM, Tesla, and 200 into Google, you'll quickly be overwhelmed with articles. Many see it as a Tesla-versus-GM story. Never mind the fact that the two automakers don't feel that way. The stories have seized national attention.
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