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Electric cars: ‘Plug-ins’ for spark in 2012

Automakers in will launch 13 plug-in running on electricity alone all or of the time. This is the year will tell whether the car market has a roaring liftoff or a start, analysts say.

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No fewer than 11 are launching 13 plug-in vehicles in ranging from tiny runabouts to sports cars and station wagons. All will run on alone for all or most of the time. Are ready to plug into a charger or one at the local shopping if their car batteries are running

Nobody knows. It’s a push toward an electric-drive – or at least a lot less oil. But year will tell, say, whether the launch is a liftoff – or a slow-rolling start – for

Americans have already at least 2 million conventional that have gas and electric but no plug. But plug-in hybrids and vehicles have much batteries and electric motors a tiny gasoline engine, if have one at all.


Chevrolet leaped into the last year with its the first mass-market plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV), a that goes 40 all-electric on a charge. It’s powered by a big motor and a gas engine that its battery. About the same Nissan launched its all-electric LEAF Hatchback.

Naysayers hooting when sales for the two projected to be 10,000 each for totaled only about Yet most close ob-servers them a pass, saying ramp-up challenges and Japan tsunami, not lack of demand, to blame. According to this the cars were available in a few states, and buyers on waiting were itching to get their

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But any excuses probably won’t fly year – the year plug-ins are to get real – selling not just to stars and first-adopter zealots but to and commuters in the suburbs as well.

So seven plug-in models are for the two from Chevrolet and Nissan and less widely available from Mitsubishi. Daimler, and others. But new models will be showrooms soon, according to the website.

Ford is rolling out its Focus EV; its Plug-in Hybrid Prius later this year, its EV. Volvo is offering a V70 PHEV wagon; Honda. its popular Fit as an EV; and its distinctive two-seater Smart as an EV; to just a few.

Automakers projected US sales of about electric vehicles this But several analysts say it will reach only about of that level, deflating an vehicle hype bubble so big it was to burst.

It will be more of a slow in sales of electric vehicles in the US, not growth, says Kevin lead EV analyst at Lux Research. a -based market research It’s not that consumers want them – it’s that the cost of these is still so much higher comparably equipped gaso-line – even with [federal] tax

Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
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