Is there a funding department for research of the obvious? If so, we want to know how to apply for money to conduct research that finds that electric vehicles can work well in a city. This is the result of a study recently concluded by global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. and published in ClimateWire [sub. req.]. How well might EVs do in urban areas? McKinsey thinks that up to 15 percent of new car sales in big cities could be EVs by 2015. This is well beyond broader electric vehicle acceptance targets, like the 10 percent that Nissan thinks we'll see by 2020.

Why is it obvious that EVs just plain work in cities? For a lot of reasons, but the big ones are that range anxiety is pretty much a non-issue, smaller EVs (like the Mitsubishi iMiev and the Smart Ed) are well-suited for urban duty and because getting one compact area ready with quick-charging infrastructure is easier and more cost-efficient than setting up chargers on long stretches of highway. Getting a city ready with quick chargers would also minimize one of the biggest problems with urgan plug-in cars: the lack of garages where people can plug in their own EVs. McKinsey also found that electric vehicles would likely be a second car for city dwellers, who would get them to look green and be the first to own an EV.

[Source: ClimateWire [sub. req.], WBCSD via Green Car Advisor | Image: OiMax - C.C. License 2.0]

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