Electric Cars: Still Re-”Volting” to American Car Buyers
Correction: Make that increased sales of its GASOLINE-fueled cars. The $16,500 Chevy Cruze is the leader.
The $41,000 electric Chevy “Volt,” fueled by nuclear and coal power, continues to be a dud with real American buyers. So, good capitalists all, General Motors is having Obama buy them all. With his stash.
(USA Today) — “Nearly six of 10 Americans — 57% — say they won’t buy an all-electric car no matter the price of gas, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.
That’s a stiff headwind just as automakers are developing electrics to help meet tighter federal rules that could require their fleets to average as high as 62 miles per gallon in 2025. And President Obama has set a goal of a million electric vehicles in use in the U.S. by 2015.
The anti-electric sentiment unmasked by the poll shows that pure electrics — defined in the poll question as “an electric car that you could only drive for a limited number of miles at one time” — could have trouble getting a foothold in the U.S.
Such cars “are very much niche vehicles. They find acceptance among a core group of passionistas, but too many questions remain for mainstream consumers,” says Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl. He says consumers worry about range per charge, recharge time and battery replacement cost. Electrics also are priced thousands of dollars more than similar gasoline cars.”
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