Electric Car Sales Off to Slow Start For Multiple Reasons

Despite surge in sales in March, still three in every 1,000 cars drove off dealer lots under battery power.

Published: 18-Apr-2012

Washington - Electric vehicle sales have been slow out of the box, despite marketing hype, government incentives and the hopes of green car advocates.

Total sales last year were 17,425, which is less than 0.1 percent of the U.S. car and light truck market.

Nonetheless, automakers show no signs of pulling back their multibillion-dollar bets: They need electric cars to meet tough new fuel-efficiency standards. About a dozen new plug-ins and fully electric cars will go on sale in the next year.


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