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4/5/2011 07:49 PM EDT
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farls
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farls   6/28/2011 1:56:14 PM
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Looks like a major prohibiting factor for those of us in northern tire states would be cold weather battery performance. -20F @ 70MPH on the freeway, 30 miles one way to work (37 if I carpool with my wife). I "might" make to work but pretty sure I wouldn't make it home. Not my idea of a good day in dangerous weather.

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Neo10   7/1/2011 5:29:18 AM
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As we are all going ga ga ove the silent electrics, it is pertinent to think about the source of engery consumption. Is my driving an electric vehicle going to cut the energy and co2 expenditure of the overall nation? Or are we shifting the pattern from individual vehicles to industries which manufacture and supply these batteries and cars?

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Megascott   7/13/2011 7:04:59 PM
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I LIKE IT!!

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Megascott   7/13/2011 7:09:58 PM
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I too would benefit from a Leaf like vehicle as a second car. Right now my second car is going on 230k and has been paid for many times over and still gets around 32MPG, but given an economical solution I would buy it. As much as I like the EV concept of the Leaf, At this point in evolution, I like the GM Volt option much better.

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electrix   11/3/2011 3:54:08 PM
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What is the best electric car? There are a lot of list, top tens of best electric cars for 2011 and much of them are different. It is afterall a hard decision to make, considering recharge methods, mileage and other aspects. Anyway, i'm looking forward for my new car.. Hope will be an electric one, so ... Anyway, this is the last list I've visited: http://www.electric-cars-2011.com

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mstrong1   12/21/2011 12:47:47 PM
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It drives me nuts. A friend dropped by in a Volt the other day and asked if he could plug it in. I said why don't I just buy you some gas instead? Then I asked how much Obama paid him to buy it. He said $7,500. ANY time I see solar panels, etc. I think the F'in government stole my money to give it to someone rich enough to pay $30K or so for their end of the installation.

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CaraVan   5/9/2012 1:30:49 AM
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This is by far the most in depth and relevant review I have read of the car, as most people focus on the technical aspects and miss out on what is truly important to the consumer the user experience. Thank you for sharing! Jon - http://www.caravan-insurance-experts.co.uk/

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J3rrYcid   6/21/2012 2:26:11 AM
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Driving an electric car for the first time for many people will be a new experience that some may not get used to. Other than the long charging time, some people have to change their driving styles so as not to over tax the battery and engine. They also have to constantly remember to charge their car and take note of the remaining battery life so as not to be stranded on the road without a charge. Thomas - http://www.carid.com

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Peter_Mould   1/4/2013 7:46:24 AM
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That is one catch for driving an electric car. Yes, it saves fuel which will eventually save the Earth too, but I find the charging inevitability to be a bit of a hassle. I think many other drivers would share the same sentiment, except those that need the car for short distances only. I need it to drive my husband and I to work after sending the kids to school and I think we need to have it charged more than 10 hours daily if so. That is longer than the number of hours we spend sleeping at night. So, when else can we charge it then? This is also the common reason why electric cars are not so popular as compared to those that run on fuel. - http://www.pmwltd.co.uk

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CaravanCruckley   1/21/2013 11:31:28 AM
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This is by far the most in depth and relevant review I have read of the car, as most people focus on the technical aspects and miss out on what is truly important to the consumer the user experience. Thank you for sharing! Mike - http://www.cruckley.co.uk/

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