DETROIT – It would take consumers 14.7 years to recoup their investment in an all-electric vehicle, a CSM Worldwide senior economist says. The cost differential is based on per-gallon prices of $3 for regular-grade gasoline and a $20,000 premium for an EV vs. a comparable model with a conventional powertrain, Charlie Chesbrough tells an Automotive Press Assn. event here. For a hybrid-electric vehicle with a $3,000 price premium, car buyers would not see a payback for 8.2 years, while a ...

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