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Electric Vehicles Rev'ing Into the Future

Bill Chameide, Duke University's Dean of Nicholas School of the Environment reviews the e-drive offerings at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

Published: 30-Jan-2013

They asked, "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

The answer could be: nobody.

The reviews on U.S. sales numbers for plug-in electric vehicles for 2012 were mixed. The total numbers soared to their highest levels ever, but still fell short of manufacturers' projections for the year. The lower-than-expected market penetration appears to be causing some manufacturers to pull back on the all-electric option in favor of plug-in hybrids. But the two big players in the electric vehicle market -- Nissan and General Motors -- appear to be doubling down on their bets.


Staples delivery truck manufactured by Smith Electric Vehicles.

MIT research suggests that electric delivery trucks can help both the environment and the business bottom line.

Ford Focus Electric

Electric vehicle industry executives see similarities between adoption of electric cars and other technological innovations.

Peugeot iON, based on Mitsubishi i-MiEV, among top selling electric cars in Europe in 2011.

Europe's economic woes continue to dampen sales where less than 12,000 electric cars were sold in 2011.


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