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"Recharging is markedly simpler, because it is left to a robot." This is the future:

Saxena: Market data shows that the adoption rate of EVs is on par if not slightly higher than it was for hybrids. They will gain marketshare. Autonomous vehicles can be an enabler for more EVs. You don’t even need to have an autonomous vehicle for this effect to happen, you simply need the vehicle to be shared. But it’s far more likely a car will be shared if it’s autonomous because this technology gets rid of the driver’s responsibilities. While it’s true that shared rides make up only a small percentage of driving today, we think AVs can break down those barriers in important ways. For one thing, recharging electric batteries becomes much less of a hassle when it involves a robot’s time instead of a human’s. A well-managed fleet of EVs can also optimize which vehicles are dispatched for each trip, so the limited battery range becomes less of an issue. Also, when you shar...

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