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Does This Move Change the Electric Vehicle Landscape?

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Brendan Byrnes, industrials editor and analyst, and Austin Smith, consumer goods editor and analyst, discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, they discuss how is starting to sell GE's WattStation (an electric vehicle in-home charging station) through its website, just like any other item. This could help address one of the biggest complaints about electric vehicles to date: their slow charging time and limited availability of stations. We also take a look at the future of electric vehicles, such as Ford's upcoming (and fast-charging) electric Focus, which is expected to be the first car with a back seat to earn an EPA 100+ MPG equivalent distinction.

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  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2011, at 3:48 PM, JimmyZZZZZZZ wrote:

    Nice comments. However an important little fact that was forgotten is that Nissan has sold and delivered about 19,000 Electric LEAF's since May of 2011. About 60% of them are here in the USA.

    In the interest of confession, I am a LEAF owner, and we love it. The LEAF has actually become our primary car to take places unless it is a long trip. But if we know we'll have a place, and the time to re-charge it, we have no problem taking it, and everything has worked out find for the last 7,500 miles.

    I agree, Ford should do well with their offerings. The Volt is a nice car, but not at the same level as the LEAF. I hope GM will take the Volt as a good start, and make the needed improvements to excel.

  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2011, at 5:24 PM, JPWhiteHome wrote:

    So Amazon start selling EV chargers and that will address one of the biggest complaints to date with EV's? Really?!?

    Home Depot have been selling the Schneider Electric charger through their online store for months before Amazon even conceived of the idea. And for less money than the GE as well.

    The problem is merely perception by those ignorant of the technology. The solutions have been there all along if one went to the trouble to look for them.

    The faster charging of the Focus EV is a nice to have feature, but isn't as important as Ford make it out to be. However they are smart because they are playing directly into the unfounded fears of the general public about this technology.

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