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A major impediment to wide acceptance of electric vehicles even on the part of people who use their cars almost exclusively for commuting is the inability to use their electric vehicles for occasional extended trips. In an attempt to make purchasing electric vehicles more attractive to coomuters, one electric vehilcle producer is planning to offer customers three days free rental of a conventional car for every 1,000 miles that they drive their electric vehicle.

Which of the following, if thrue, most theatens the plan's prospects for success?

A. Many electric vehicles that are used for commercial purposes are not needed for extended trips.

B. Because a majority of commuters drive at least 100 miles per week, the cost of the producer of making good the offer would add considerably to the already high price of electric vehicles.

C. The relatively long time it takes to recharge the battery of an electric vehicle can easily be fitted into the regular patterns of car use characteristic of commuters.

D. Although electric vehicles are essentially emmission- free in actual use, generating the electricity necessary for charging an electric vehicle's battery can burden the environment.

E. Some family vehicles are used primarily not for commuting but for making short local trips, such as to do errands.
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04 Nov 2004, 10:49
My ans is B.

Offering free rentals would drive up the price of the electric cars which can become another impediment to the acceptance of eletric cars.
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All of you are right. OA is B. Thanks for your explanations
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28 Aug 2011, 12:23
I ruled out B thinking people already arent buying the electric cars so rise in price would not really matter to them..

can anyone suggest why is A wrong?
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28 Aug 2011, 13:12
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I ruled out B thinking people already arent buying the electric cars so rise in price would not really matter to them..

can anyone suggest why is A wrong?

A talks only about commercial electric vehicles. the passage talks about electric cars that are used for commuting and such - so primarily for personal use not commercial. So A is irrelevant.
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I ruled out B thinking people already arent buying the electric cars so rise in price would not really matter to them..

can anyone suggest why is A wrong?

Plan: Give out free rental of usual cars for every 1000 miles of electric cars usage; maybe because people can make extended trip using the normal cars. It makes the offer attractive for users who were rejecting to buy an electric car just because they could not make extended trips. This plan should have definitely increased the sales, according to the strategist.

So, what could be wrong with the plan that may rule out its adaptation by the company?

B. Because a majority of commuters drive at least 100 miles per week, the cost of the producer of making good the offer would add considerably to the already high price of electric vehicles.

I find this sentence convoluted. Let's break it:

Because a majority of commuters drive at least 100 miles per week: So, approximately every 10 weeks, they become eligible for a free rental. Okay so far. This free rental is borne by the producer of the car.

Now,
"the cost of the producer of making good the offer would add considerably to the already high price of electric vehicles."
That's something additional that we see. It says that the producer will increase the electric car price because it's giving the offer. Bad question, because the plan should have mentioned this in the passage.

Anyway, if it's true that electric car will become costlier, then another factor comes into picture. Money; something although not mentioned in the passage, but can be a good factor to fail the plan. B is the best of the lot.

So, as per B, the plan takes care of issue in the passage, but gives rise to another perhaps more concerning issue.

A. Many electric vehicles that are used for commercial purposes are not needed for extended trips.
This is a fact that doesn't concern the discussion. We're dealing with an issue where purchasers are drifting away from electric car because they can't use it for occasional extended travel. And here, this pitiful A is telling us about SOME electric cars that are not needed for extended trips. Neither the author of the passage nor should we be concerned about this. Simply: Out of scope.
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26 Sep 2011, 02:08
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DeeptiM wrote:
I ruled out B thinking people already arent buying the electric cars so rise in price would not really matter to them..

can anyone suggest why is A wrong?

Plan: Give out free rental of usual cars for every 1000 miles of electric cars usage; maybe because people can make extended trip using the normal cars. It makes the offer attractive for users who were rejecting to buy an electric car just because they could not make extended trips. This plan should have definitely increased the sales, according to the strategist.

So, what could be wrong with the plan that may rule out its adaptation by the company?

B. Because a majority of commuters drive at least 100 miles per week, the cost of the producer of making good the offer would add considerably to the already high price of electric vehicles.

I find this sentence convoluted. Let's break it:

Because a majority of commuters drive at least 100 miles per week: So, approximately every 10 weeks, they become eligible for a free rental. Okay so far. This free rental is borne by the producer of the car.

Now,
"the cost of the producer of making good the offer would add considerably to the already high price of electric vehicles."
That's something additional that we see. It says that the producer will increase the electric car price because it's giving the offer. Bad question, because the plan should have mentioned this in the passage.

Anyway, if it's true that electric car will become costlier, then another factor comes into picture. Money; something although not mentioned in the passage, but can be a good factor to fail the plan. B is the best of the lot.

So, as per B, the plan takes care of issue in the passage, but gives rise to another perhaps more concerning issue.

A. Many electric vehicles that are used for commercial purposes are not needed for extended trips.
This is a fact that doesn't concern the discussion. We're dealing with an issue where purchasers are drifting away from electric car because they can't use it for occasional extended travel. And here, this pitiful A is telling us about SOME electric cars that are not needed for extended trips. Neither the author of the passage nor should we be concerned about this. Simply: Out of scope.

Hi Fluke ,

I am a little confused about option A.

First lets begin with the conclusion. The conclusion is that people avoid buying electric cars since they cant use it for extended trips.

A states that => Many electric vehicles that are used for commercial purposes are not needed for extended trips.

If people dont need electric cars for extended trips but just for commercial purposes than isnt the conclusion is weakened ?
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Hi Fluke,

I am a little confused about option A.

First lets begin with the conclusion. The conclusion is that people avoid buying electric cars since they cant use it for extended trips.

A states that => Many electric vehicles that are used for commercial purposes are not needed for extended trips.

If people dont need electric cars for extended trips but just for commercial purposes than isnt the conclusion is weakened ?

Your conclusion is correct AND you think "A" weakens the argument by attacking the premise.

Electric CAR is a subset of Electric VEHICLES; they are not same. One is a part of another.

A. Many electric vehicles that are used for commercial purposes are not needed for extended trips.
Many electric vehicles MAY JUST NOT include the electric cars at all.

Even if we change vehicles to cars.
Many electric CARS that are USED FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES are not needed for extended trips.

See this:
A major IMPEDIMENT to wide acceptance of electric vehicles even on the part of PEOPLE WHO USE THEIR CARS almost exclusively FOR COMMUTING is the inability to use their electric vehicles for occasional extended trips.

The premise talks about the people who use CARS for commuting; Statement A talks about the CARS used for commercial purposes. Two things are NOT talking about the same thing. Thus, OUT OF SCOPE.
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27 Sep 2011, 02:42
I am with B

But why not A?

can anyone explain in detail....because in the passage they have also mentioned electrical vehicles
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19 Jul 2012, 03:04
can someone explain why no one was tempted to think of option E?
If people use their vehicles for small errands, they would not cover the required no of miles to avail the producer's offer.
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Can someone why explain why not option C? If it is bad for the environment, is that not a reason for the commuters not to buy the car?
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29 Jun 2015, 01:33
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A major impediment to wide acceptance of electric vehicles even on the part of people who use their cars almost exclusively for commuting is the inability to use their electric vehicles for occasional extended trips. In an attempt to make purchasing electric vehicles more attractive to coomuters, one electric vehilcle producer is planning to offer customers three days free rental of a conventional car for every 1,000 miles that they drive their electric vehicle.

Which of the following, if thrue, most theatens the plan's prospects for success?

A. Many electric vehicles that are used for commercial purposes are not needed for extended trips.

B. Because a majority of commuters drive at least 100 miles per week, the cost of the producer of making good the offer would add considerably to the already high price of electric vehicles.

C. The relatively long time it takes to recharge the battery of an electric vehicle can easily be fitted into the regular patterns of car use characteristic of commuters.

D. Although electric vehicles are essentially emmission- free in actual use, generating the electricity necessary for charging an electric vehicle's battery can burden the environment.

E. Some family vehicles are used primarily not for commuting but for making short local trips, such as to do errands.

Source is official yet something is not right here... i feel.

A. Is not relevant. Even if this statement is true, it does not threaten the success of the plan

B. Keep for now

C. Does not threaten success of the plan

D. Not relevant

E. Not Relevant.

So only B is left; hence B is the correct answer. However I am not sure if we could assume that the the added cost in executing the plan will threaten its success.
If B is true that the execution of the plan may be successful and yield the desired results but it may bot be financially viable for the company.
The question stem does not specify if the plan needs to be financially successful. It just asks if the offer will yield desired results...

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