Phil's Vid-Minute: The Chevy Volt is Still a Costly Mistake

The car has a high sticker price, which is one of the reasons IEEE Spectrum called it a loser in January

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Phil's Vid-Minute: The Chevy Volt is Still a Costly Mistake

IEEE Spectrum senior editor Philip E. Ross, feels vindicated by the high sticker price of the Chevy Volt.

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Loser: Why the Chevy Volt Will Fizzle
January 2010

Article: General Motors' Chevrolet Volt hybrid car is a courageous design, but it won't make money

Nissan's All-Electric Leaf Doesn't Stint on Performance
April 2010

Article: The Nissan Leaf is limited only by the range of its battery's charge

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We Need More Than Just Electric Vehicles

To decarbonize road transport we need to complement EVs with bikes, rail, city planning, and alternative energy

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A worker works on the frame of a car on an assembly line.

China has more EVs than any other country—but it also gets most of its electricity from coal.

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EVs have finally come of age. The total cost of purchasing and driving one—the cost of ownership—has fallen nearly to parity with a typical gasoline-fueled car. Scientists and engineers have extended the range of EVs by cramming ever more energy into their batteries, and vehicle-charging networks have expanded in many countries. In the United States, for example, there are more than 49,000 public charging stations, and it is now possible to drive an EV from New York to California using public charging networks.

With all this, consumers and policymakers alike are hopeful that society will soon greatly reduce its carbon emissions by replacing today’s cars with electric vehicles. Indeed, adopting electric vehicles will go a long way in helping to improve environmental outcomes. But EVs come with important weaknesses, and so people shouldn’t count on them alone to do the job, even for the transportation sector.

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