Monday, March 7, 2011

Electric Car Sales

In the US, 281 Chevrolet Volts and 67 Nissan Leafs (or should that be "Leaves" ?)  sold in the US during February. Electric cars will likely replace internal-combustion-engined vehicles in the long term, but the moribund state of sales is evidence that consumers still don't regard electric vehicles as a good proposition at present. US patterns of purchase subsidy are similar to the UK. The UK government show no sign of wanting to coerce consumers into going electric, for example by cross-subsidizing (i.e. using emissions-based taxes on petrol vehicles to subsize the purchase price of electric vehicles), so there's no particular reason to think that UK sales won't follow the same pattern.

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