Can Electric Cars Help Automakers Reach 55 MPG?

Consumers still have "range anxiety", the fear that electric cars won't get them to and from their destinations on one charge. NPR looks at the attitudes that are still keeping people from investing in electric vehicles.
November 21, 2011, 12pm PST | Cathie Pagano
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NPR's Glinton says, "under fuel-economy rules announced by the White House this summer, cars will have to get an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 - nearly double the current average. Reaching that goal will take not only feats of engineering but also changing how Americans think about their cars and how they drive them."

Glinton notes that electric cars will require change in consumer habits which so far has not proved to be what consumers want.

"Not that much has changed with electric cars in more than a hundred years. Casey says if they're to be widely adopted, it's drivers themselves - and their habits - that will need to change."

Thanks to Cathie Pagano

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Published on Monday, November 21, 2011 in NPR Morning Edition
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