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Life in the old dog yet!
The way I see it, at the moment, the biggest problem with electric vehicles is where the electricity is generated to re-charge them, its usually just transferring one form of combustion for another (and moving the pollution from an urban location, to a power station). The second is the effect of carrying all these batteries and the space they require. The third problem is the range & recharge time. Until these are addressed, then internal combustion is the only realistic option, and is the only one which has significantly increased in efficiency/useability over the past few decades.
Hybrids can partially answer those difficulties, but again, real-world fuel figures don't bear any resemblance to Government Fuel Figures. Fact is, hardly anyone can get >50mpg out of a Prius, whereas the equivalent turbodiesel can quite easily.
Its quite expensive to be trendy.
This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.
Currently in VelSatisfied's garage:
2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater