With some of the highest per gallon gas prices (next to CA), I would think that Chicago would at least be a top ten area fo EV's, our taxes (increased income tax and one of the highest sales taxes) are also high so anything that will save us money should be good -- we don't have the bitter winters of say a Fargo, ND but depending on your commute, even with a more limited range in the winter either a LEAF or Focus EV should still be an alternative.klaus wrote:If I had to guess, I'd say the cold winters is one of the reasons Chicago wasn't listed for the Leaf - and could be why people there, or the rest of us, perceive that people in Chicago wouldn't be real pro-electric vehicle.
It'll be interesting to see the sales figures of the Ford Focus Electric vehicle in citires like Chicago compared to LA or San Francisco!
Experience to date in the Volt and Leaf seems pretty discouraging as to cold weather. It's going to take some better batteries or a better design to get traction in the mainstream.klaus wrote:It is interesting about hybrid percentages, but there are different metrics with a full electric vehicle like the Ford Focus Electric and we have yet to see if that will move the same people from Hybrid to EV or if it's a totally different group. More specifically, things like cold climates are really unproven in full electric vehicles, and hybrid put out waste heat with their internal combustion so pulling heat off makes sense.
With a full electric car nobody really knows how much the cold will affect batteries and range, and even more importantly, if cold temperatures will affect buyers of vehicles like the Ford Focus Electric.