Consultant cuts growth outlook for electric cars

Jun 14, 2011 Full story: Reuters 7

Electric cars might make up 5 percent or less of the U.S. auto market by 2020, a consulting group said on Tuesday, cutting its prior estimate at a time when automakers are racing to develop such vehicles.

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Since: Oct 10

Mountain hideaway, SE Spain

#1 Jun 15, 2011
Is anyone surprised?

Since: Dec 11

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#2 Dec 22, 2011
Earthling-1 wrote:
Is anyone surprised?
Unfortunately no. Any thoughts on the Chicken vs the Egg for EVs? Charging stations, or vehicles first?

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#3 Dec 22, 2011
dshort wrote:
Unfortunately no. Any thoughts on the Chicken vs the Egg for EVs? Charging stations, or vehicles first?
It was easier in the early days of personal transport, there were few vehicles to worry about and the owners didn't expect much.
These days, the difference is chalk and cheese.
Hybrids will probably be the best bet until charging stations are put into place everywhere, but that's only IF the EV catches on in a big enough way to make it viable.
plume drecker

Bayonne, NJ

#4 Dec 25, 2011
MAKE EV STYLE TRUCK EQUAL TO A FORD F150. THAT GETS 1000 MILES and can pull A TRAILOR with 2 sleds on it plus gear. ON A 30 MINUTE BATTERY CHARGE TIME FOR UNDER $30,000.00 and I will have no problem buying one.

Since: Apr 10

Milwaukee, WI USA

#5 Dec 25, 2011
You will have no problem buying one along with nearly everyone else. Design and manufacture is another story however.
litesong

Everett, WA

#6 Dec 25, 2011
The EV gives motion of incomparable smoothness, elegance & quality. Recent real-world mpg for the Nissan Leaf range from ~75 to 138 mpU.S.g

Despite the miracles of the 3-way catalytic converter, internal combustion engines(ICE), in stop & go commuter traffic, are increasing lung, heart & neurological diseases in inner city kids. In-city pollution by EVs is near zero.

Electric motors most certainly will have reliability & longevity greater than the general ICE with less maintenance.

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Since: Oct 10

Mountain hideaway, SE Spain

#7 Dec 26, 2011
Whilst our 'injun' motoring correspondent waxes lyrical about the EV he can't afford, in the real world:
Chevy Volt Sales Plummet as the Electric Car Market Slumps
http://thenewamerican.com/tech-mainmenu-30/en...
Electric car UK sales sputter out

Figures show that only 106 electric cars were bought in 2011 third quarter through 'plugged-in car grant' scheme
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/oc...

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