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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:26 PM
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When fueling up means plugging in—Limited range, long charging time concerns…
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When fueling up means plugging in

Limited range, long charging time concerns for potential electric vehicle customers

1:39 p.m., May 17, 2011--Want a Nissan Leaf? Join the 20,000 people on the waiting list to get one. The Chevy Volt got your eye? General Motors ramped up availability earlier this year to try and meet demand. With the latest generation of electric vehicles gaining traction, new findings from University of Delaware researchers are informing automakers’ and policymakers’ decisions about the environmentally friendly cars.

Results of one study show the electric car attributes that are most important for consumers: driving range, fuel cost savings and charging time. The results are based on a national survey conducted by the researchers, UD professors George Parsons, Willett Kempton and Meryl Gardner, and Michael Hidrue, who recently graduated from UD with a doctoral degree in economics. Lead author Hidrue conducted the research for his dissertation.

The study, which surveyed more than 3,000 people, showed what individuals would be willing to pay for various electric vehicle attributes. For example, as battery charging time decreases from 10 hours to five hours for a 50-mile charge, consumers’ willingness to pay is about $427 per hour in reduction time. Drop charging time from five hours to one hour, and consumers would pay an estimated $930 an hour. Decrease the time from one hour to 10 minutes, and they would pay $3,250 per hour.

For driving range, consumers value each additional mile of range at about $75 per mile up to 200 miles, and $35 a mile from 200-300 miles. So, for example, if an electric vehicle has a range of 200 miles and an otherwise equivalent gasoline vehicle has a range of 300, people would require a price discount of about $3,500 for the electric version. That assumes everything else about the vehicle is the same, and clearly there is lower fuel cost with an electric vehicle and often better performance. So all the attributes have to be accounted for in the final analysis of any car.

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Lionel Mandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:21 PM
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1. I asked a salesman how long I would have to wait
if I got on the waiting list for a Nissan LEAF. He said maybe six months.

And by the way, it costs $99 just to get on the waiting list.

And there will be no haggling over price. Pay the MSRP or no deal.
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