An Indiana University study finds a not-very-surprising attitude about electric cars:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A study from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs casts doubt on the Obama administration's goal of putting a million plug-in electric vehicles on the roads by 2015. But the study does find that consumers are more receptive to buying electric cars in some cities, including San Jose/San Francisco, Chicago and Boston.
The researchers surveyed more than 2,300 adult drivers in 21 large U.S. cities in the fall of 2011. They found that the perceived drawbacks of electric vehicles outweigh the advantages for most consumers. The primary drawbacks are the limited driving range, the vehicles' high sales or lease price and the inconvenience of recharging batteries.
You can't make people take what they do not want, yet government wastes billions and billions trying to do just that. Drivers will gravitate to electric cars if and when it makes sense to them, either economically or because advancing technology makes them more attractive than they are now.