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Can an electric car really satisfy demanding American drivers? We’ll find out

A recent study found that 40% of American households could get by just fine with an electric car, although electric cars currently make up only 1% of the nation’s fleet.

I read this study with interest. It basically found that most people drive only 30 to 40 miles per day — well within the range of today’s electric cars. The study reminded me of a story about a Northern Virginia man who calculated he was getting 203 miles per gallon in his Chevrolet Volt, a plug-i.

There’s lots of competition in what is still a niche market that accounts for only 1% of auto sales

If you’ve been pining after a Chevrolet Volt, you’ll be glad to hear that General Motors is cutting the price of the latest Volt by 13%, hoping to wring more sales out of consumers who have had a decidedly low-voltage response to plug-in cars.

The reason consumers are cool to plug-in cars seems to be mostly range anxiety . They’re simply afraid the cars will run out of juice before they get where they’re going. This isn’t a problem with the Volt, which has a gasoline engine that kicks in when it’s needed. But what has been a problem for the Volt is its price — roughly $40,000, nearly twice as much as you might pay for a fuel-efficient gas-powered car.

Of course, government subsidies take a big chunk out of the bottom-line cost — $7,500 plus whatever tax break your state may offer and depending on your individual tax liability.

There’s a lot of competition, though, in what is still a niche market. Manufacturers are turning out new electric-car models at a rapid pace, everythiing from the high-end Tesla Model S to the Nissan Leaf, perhaps the two most successful plug-ins. The Tesla S will set you back $100,000 or so while the Leaf goes for around $29,750 — and that’s before you figure in the tax credit.

Nissan and Tesla are both selling cars as fast as they can manufacture them, while Chevrolet dealers have about 105 days’ worth of Volts sitting around on their lots.

The price of gas isn’t helping matters either. Although it’s hovering around the $4 mark in much of the country, it’s apparently not high enough to drive consumers from their cars, especially newer cars that get 20 or more miles per gallon.

Unmatched balance

Nevertheless, GM is confident the lower price will get new Volts rolling off dealers’ lots.

The lower price and cost savings from driving on electricity provide Volt owners an unmatched balance of technology, capability and cost of ownership,” said Don Johnson, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet sales and service. “The 2014 Volt will offer the same impressive list of features, but for $5,000 less.

“We have made great strides in reducing costs as we gain experience with electric vehicles and their components,” Johnson said. “In fact, the Volt has seen an increase in battery range and the addition of creature comforts, such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and MyLink, since its launch in 2010.”

Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive 900 miles between fill-ups and visit the gas station about once a month, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association. an industry group. The 2014 Volt will continue to provide owners with impressive fuel economy of 98 MPGe (electric) and 35 city/40 highway on gasoline power without any need to change their daily driving habits while saving $900 in annual fuel costs, EDTA said.

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