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If you want to be the first on your block to drive an EV like a Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt or Mitsubishi i-MiEV, prepare for some schooling. The experience is not as simple as signing the papers for a Ford Fusion Hybrid or a Toyota Prius, not nearly.

The two biggest issues around the subject of electric cars are probably the real-world range capabilities and the up-front cost. A reader pinged us today with the following question:

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It sounds like executives from the Volkswagen Group are speaking with one voice on the subject of plug in vehicles. While both Volkswagen and its premium brand Audi are working on various combinations of hybrid, plug-in and even fuel cell technology, it doesn't necessarily follow that these technologies will be readily available anytime soon. VW of America CEO Stefan Jacoby spoke to a group of media in Seattle last week where he told the gathering that its unlikely that plug-in vehicles will go