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Are electric cars really a

Lately, much of the press of electric cars has implied the technology has been a huge See, for instance, USA Today’s “Are electric cars their spark?” The angst centers around sales: In the first year they available, the Nissan Leaf and Volt sold just units in the United States below expectations.

(MARK Placed in perspective, though, weak sales don’t all that apocalyptic. Over at the Mountain Institute, Randy and Ben Holland point out that gas-electric hybrids first out in 2000, the Honda Insight and Prius had sales of just Those figures looked at the time, too. But in the ensuing the technology caught on and more 2 million hybrids have sold in the United States.

If that’s any prologue, it could well for future plug-ins.

But is this comparison apt? On the one the new generation of electric vehicles a few advantages that Priuses Gasoline prices sat below $2 per back in 2000, considerably than today.

What’s the latest round of fuel-economy under which carmakers to get their fleet averages up to miles per gallon by 2025, give the big auto companies to roll out more plug-in in the coming years.

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But then again, today’s cars also face hurdles that the old hybrids For one, there’s “range in which would-be buyers of cars sometimes fret their batteries will run out of and leave them stranded. Chevy Volt, which is more of a hybrid than a all-electric, has a gas-powered back-up precisely in order to allay fear, but that’s also to the car’s price tag.)

more, electric cars recently had to endure panicky over safety, after separate Volt batteries fire in crash tests. On the merits, this wasn’t a worry: The batteries caught days or weeks after crash testing in the laboratory, and then the fires only out because post-crash procedures followed. As MSNBC’s Dan Carney “The lesson here is to get out of a car within a few days, and be sure to off the lights when exiting.” was also the little-noted fact as government

statistics show (PDF), 250,000 gas-powered vehicles fire in real-life settings year.

Still, as a new technology, this of disproportionate attention was inevitable. GM has now the Volt’s battery issues, new casings that will cost $1,000 per car, and the probe into the fires is set to down soon. But until cars break through, likely continue to face a of special scrutiny.

View Gallery : The North International Auto Show Jan. 7 in Detroit. With all of the big U.S. automakers in the black, abounds.

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