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Volkswagen up Electric Cars

Electric Car Price Wars Up

General Motors announced on it will shave US $5000 off the of its 2014 Chevrolet Volt, a of 13 percent.

The move comes Nissan cut the price by similar for its all-electric Leaf earlier year, and Ford did the same for its Electric. The Volt could as little as $27 495 after federal tax

The lower costs are due in part to efficiencies, Don Johnson, U.S. president of Chevrolet sales and said in a statement. “We made great strides in costs as we gain experience electric vehicles and their he said. “In fact, the has seen an increase in battery and the addition of creature comforts.”

It may be as a pricing war between electric (EVs), but all of the electric and plug-in are competing with higher economy internal combustion efficient diesel, and hybrids and steady gas prices just $4 per gallon in much of the United

There are increasing options on the for EV enthusiasts, but those early are still a niche market. Motors scaled back its for the Chevy Volt in 2012. GM 23 641 Volts last year, its initial forecast of 60 000.

For such as California that aggressive electric vehicle leasing options have electric cars more The Fiat 500e, which is available in California, is the same price as its conventional counterpart.

Volkswagen up Electric Cars

Many of the drivers looking at vehicles were already to fuel-efficient driving. General said that the Toyota is vehicle the most frequently for a Volt.

To move beyond the lovers, however, prices have to come down That will likely to come from battery which are the main driver for prices in electric cars. argue that the key to bringing vehicles to the masses is not just the cost and efficiency of lithium-ion but looking at other technologies as lithium-air batteries .

Technology aside, another might have to come how drivers think about costs of a vehicle. The upfront tag for electric vehicles are still far than their gas-guzzling but a recent study from Power Research Institute found that the lifetime of the Chevy Volt and Nissan are within 10 percent of those of vehicles for most drivers today’s gasoline prices. In scenarios the Leaf didn’t come close, it was cheaper conventional vehicles for total of ownership.


Photo: Gary Cameron/Reuters

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