It appears that the Senate version contains a measure that will award a $10 million prize to the first company to develop a commercially viable battery with a range of 500 miles or more on a single charge. To us, this stands out as a ridiculous waste of money because nobody seems to demand this type of range from an EV and studies have suggested that many people would be willing to sacrifice range in order to get a lower-priced EV. 100 miles seems like a good start to us and maybe there's reason to push for 200 or so at a later date. Also, many gasoline-powered vehicles fail to approach 500 miles on a single tank, so what's the need for an EV that can eclipse that number? Just imagine how much an EV with that type of range would weigh and cost, not to mention how long it would take to charge. But hey, $10 million is a lot of money, so someone's sure to shoot for the goal.
[Source: Green Car Advisor | Image: AMagill - C.C. License 2.0]