We will need a variety of solutions to meet the needs of different drivers. Battery electric vehicles are definitely not for everyone with their limited range although they can work for many people. One British owner of aLeaf was clearly on the edge of the useful operating range of the plug-in only car and got himself stranded twice and nearly stuck on several other occasions.
For this particular driver an extended range electric vehicle like the Vauxhall Ampera made more sense by providing electric-only driving range with a backup engine in case the battery couldn't make it.
For other drivers, a plug-in power-split hybrid like the new Pruis PHV, Ford C-Max Energi or Fusion Energi or even smaller more efficient gas or diesel engines could be a better option depending on where they drive and how far. Someday even hydrogen fuel cells will probably be part of the mix. It's all about the Power of Choice
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