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Don't be fooled: only some electric cars are sold nationwide, even now

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published on August 11, 2014, when modern electric cars had been on the market just three and a half years. Three years later, confusion among buyers still exists as to what vehicles are available where. We have updated the article accordingly.
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Electrification is going to happen regardless of fake news, customer awareness. The auto manufacturers are being squeezed by multiple areas including cost of internal combustion engine design and manufacturing, fuel economy and emissions. It used to be that 3.0 liter engines were a practical displacement limit if you wanted to sell a vehicle in the EU and other markets without paying a large engine displacement tax. Now most models come with a 2.0 liter engine and some are headed to 1.5 liter. Meanwhile, consumers want larger CUVs and SUVs and trucks. Manufacturers have no where else to turn but electric motors to add additional power and torque to the drivetrain while meeting strict fuel economy and emissions standards. It will take perhaps a decade or more but many vehicles will be able to transition from gas only to hybrid to plug-in hybrid configurations. Meanwhile, V8 and V6 engines will disappear from the automobile market except for a few sports cars and full-size trucks. In the end, once battery costs are sufficiently lower, it may be the entry level models to first make the switch to full EV.
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