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But keep in mind, we are currently in an early transition stage where the technology is being refined, improved and manufacturers are trying to market a new product to people who are now being exposed to hybrid and electric vehicles out of necessity (e.g., higher gas prices).. Clearly, the distribution system is not there yet to provide convenient quick charging stations every 150 miles as you suggest. You can't make that investment on day 1. Just like you couldn't cover the entire country with electrical distribution lines on day 1. There were people without electricity for decades once electrification started.
But that will come as market penetration increases. The short range vehicle (30-40 miles) doesn't seem all that practical until you realize that most people don't drive that far in a given day. It would meet most people's needs for daily commuting, but beyond that it has real limitations. I think most of the electric vehicles on the market today, with perhaps the exception of Tesla, are just "bridge" vehicles to move people from gasoline powered cars to electric. As battery technology improves, there will be no need for gas/hybrid technology. People will have made that transition. Eventually, there will be the final shake out between gas and electric driven cars. I think the gas engine will be around for much of the next generation but will be substantially reduced in terms of power and fuel consumption. The question is, will there always be the demand for V8 or larger, high performance engines? I think there will be, but it may become a much smaller niche market, as the public's perception about large, high output engines seems to be changing, and in some parts of the world, are being discouraged or phased out as a percentage of total production. However, in the future I would expect these high output engines to be much more efficient than they are today and perhaps that will keep them around longer.
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