As Electric Cars Reach Europe’s Mainstream, Expect Some Inconvenient Facts

Sales of electric cars are booming in Europe and as they become ubiquitous, some home truths will be unavoidable.

According to Brussels-based green lobby group Transport & Environment (T&E), sales of mainly battery electric vehicles (BEV), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will account for 10% of sales in Europe this year, and 15% next year. That compares with just 3% in 2019.

The surge in mainly BEVs compares with the disastrous but probably temporary dive in internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles. But the rapid acceleration in sales means electric cars are moving away from early adopter buyers who are rich, to more mainstream and value seeking sections of the market.  

These “cheaper” BEVs still cost more than twice as much as their ICE equivalents

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The 10 best mainstream car seats for special needs kids

There are many car seats on the market custom-made for children with special needs, but they are expensive: about $550 to $2000, or more. Since special needs parents have just a few other expenses, buying a special needs car seat may be difficult, if not impossible.

But there are options. And though you may know know it, there are experts known as CPSTs – child passenger safety technicians – who have received special needs training. These experts are educated in how to safely restrain children and install car seats properly, as well as in finding just the right seat for children with special needs. And here’s a little secret they know, but you may not: They always try mainstream seats before special-needs seats. Why?

“As long as a child can fit in a traditional seat we really want to leave them there,” says Oakland, California CPST Kimberly Wilkinson. “Often, insurance

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