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Subaru appears to have been testing an electric vehicle since 2006 in Japan. I wonder why they are taking so long to bring bring it to the US. Test fleet won't be in NYC till 2009.
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battery prices

This is still an unproven technology. Don't forget the maintenance on an BEV will probably be a lot less than an E-Rev. I know the range issue gets people, but one of these days, we're going to see the price of li-ions drop much like megabits in hard drives.
Battery prices are not going to plunge like computer chip prices. You can't reduce the number of atoms needed to hold electrons in a battery like you can in a transistor. Batteries will get better and cheaper, but they won't get much below $200-300/kwh just on materials costs alone.
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