PHOTO CAPTION: Aptera 2e prototype; company closed its doors late in 2011.

Electric Cars: Missteps and Miscommunication

2011 has seen the production globally of some 50,000 electric cars, but it's also been a bumpy road, reports USA Today.

Published: 22-Dec-2011

Rather than electrifying auto buyers, the plug-in car revolution is feeling more like a fizzle.

A year after the first two plug-in electric cars from major makers went on sale, buyers appear put off by high sticker prices — even with federal subsidies — and, for the moment, by more-stable gasoline prices.

The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt also have had their own issues. For owners of the Leaf, and other electric-only vehicles, there still are relatively few places to plug in and recharge away from home, limiting use. And the Volt, which has a backup gas engine to run a generator for extended range, is under the shadow of a government safety probe of why its big lithium-ion battery pack could catch fire days or even weeks after suffering severe crash damage.


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