How Electric Hybrids Can Be 'Game Changers'

Lawrence Berkeley lab scientist Venkat Srinivasan considers which plug-in car to buy: Volt or Leaf.

Published: 29-Mar-2011

Over the last few months I’ve started thinking about buying a new car. My present car is 7 years old and problems are starting to creep up. New noises appear everyday and my dash lights appear to be failing one after the other. After 120,000 miles, I’m beginning to wonder if its time to get rid of the beast.

Considering my field of interest, I’m thinking its time to get a plug-in or an electric car. I’m thinking a new Chevy Volt or a Nissan Leaf will go well with our second car, a Toyota Prius. I would have considered the Tesla Roadster, but the lack of a backseat is a showstopper. And there is that little problem that it has one extra zero in the price, which I’m told is not a typo!

Considering my 70-mile daily commute and my present car’s 25-mpg gas mileage, the change should give me some green cred.

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