The number of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) available with plugs will expand greatly in the coming years, and the model mix will change in the process. Today, there are mostly pure electric vehicles with ranges from 60 to 85 miles, and smaller plug-in hybrids with electric ranges of 11 to 45 miles but this is changing very quickly.
In the near future, there will be greater variety of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles including SUVs, crossovers, large luxury sedans, longer range plug-in hybrids like the Volt, and more pure electric cars with longer ranges.
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Smart retailers are realizing that free or inexpensive EV charging is a great way to attract customers and encourage them to spend more, but many retail facilities are nervous about giving up a spot or two in their crowded lot. One of our customers in a fast growing restaurant district recently came up with a compromise solution that works very well: Parking spots that are short term OR EV parking.
As an EV driver, I certainly wouldn't mind waiting a few minutes if I knew a charging spot would open up soon, and at the same time the property owner...