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People dislike electric vehicles

Posted: Feb. 27th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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Electric vehicles (EV) have recently been growing more and more popular as gas prices have been on the rise. Surprisingly, Amsterdam has been growing a trend of its own but in the opposite direction. They refuse to buy electric vehicles thus leaving manufactures wondering what they are doing wrong.

When Patrick Langevoort's company issued him an electric vehicle two years ago, the first months were filled with misadventure. On one occasion, he found himself far from Amsterdam, with only a 25 percent charge remaining, unable to find the charging point listed on a map. Though the car was supposed to travel 100 kilometers on a full battery, he discovered that cold weather and fast driving decreased that range.

But electric vehicles have improved, the network of charging stations in the Netherlands has expanded and drivers like Mr. Langevoort are getting used to the particularities of electric driving.

''I used to be a real petrol head,'' said Mr. Langevoort, who works for a company that manages electricity networks. ''Now, I've sold my petrol car.''


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