Will this so called “range anxiety problem” around electric vehicles stifle the awesome potential at hand?

Will this so called “range anxiety problem” around electric vehicles stifle the awesome potential at hand? Time will only tell but this article brings up some very good points on why the electric vehicle buzz might not turn into serious numbers in sales. Hey, Who wants to worry about running out of juice as that will really take the charge out of sales while hybrids can kick into traditional gas power and keep cruising for hundreds of miles!

From the Wall Street Journal:

Hong Kong had its worst-ever year in terms of roadside pollution in 2010, according to government data. It also hosts the world’s highest traffic density, says the Clear the Air, a local antipollution organization. But despite rising concern over roadside pollution levels and a government campaign to get consumers and companies to adopt zero-emissions vehicles, electric cars aren’t yet creating much spark.

Mitsubishi, EuAuto and Tesla each offer an electric car to Hong Kong consumers to replace gasoline-powered ones, but so far, there have been few takers. As of Dec. 31, just 70 electric cars were registered in Hong Kong. Twenty-two of those are part of the government fleet and include electric golf cart-like vehicles. The other about 600,000 automobiles emit hazardous pollutants.

The government’s Environmental Protection Department says transport pollution accounts for 82% of Hong Kong’s carbon monoxide emissions. Furthermore, the University of Hong Kong released a Jan. 19 study linking low visibility due to air pollution to risk of mortality.

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