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Top 10 Electric Cars Most Likely to Succeed

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Top 10 Electric Cars Most Likely to Succeed

By Jim Motavalli, MNN.com

The crystal ball is still cloudy on electric and plug-in hybrid cars. They’re still being made in limited numbers, and delivered to very specific test markets. And half the really exciting ones aren’t even here yet. Still, it’s time to make some predictions about what will succeed and what will fail in the marketplace. Here are my top 10 leading candidates:

1. Chevy Volt: GM’s $41,000 plug-in hybrid, soon to have a sister car in the more upscale Cadillac ELR (first seen on the auto show circuit as the Converj in 2009). GM has sold 3,200 so far, but the number doesn’t have much to do with demand — production’s been shut down as the company gears up for a capacity of 60,000 a year by 2012.

Image: Chevy Volt – igloowhite via Flickr

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1:18AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Once the prices drop, there will obviously be the demand, and more charging points will appear in the city, then the air quality will benefit, roll on.

4:50PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

VERY EXPENSIVE

11:37PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing

11:13PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Wish I had 1!!!

10:01AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Dear Friends,
Do not forget: electric cars will help clear the air and reduce greenhouse gases, if the power source from where we charge the batteries, is renewable.
Obviuosly,if we use oil or coal for power generation, we will not have climate benefits of electric cars!
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2:53PM PDT on May 22, 2012

These cars are too expensive! I love my little new Prius C!

11:39PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

I didn't see them on the list but the Phoenix Motorcars SUT or SUV and the Obvio 828 or 012 seem interesting.

8:17PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

The first Geo Metro I drove, a 2-door hatchback, got 55 mpg if I didn't go over 55 mph. I drove it 156000 miles at an over-all cost of 4.6 cents per mile, including purchase, gas, oil, tires and repairs. I have had others that got 52 mpg, 47 mpg, but nothing else comes close to the 4.6 cents per mile except my bicycle! --and horses, if they are mostly grazing and I ride a lot!

8:14PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

i wonder when they'll realise that Edison was right and a low-cost low-toxicity Nickel-Iron battery would be a far better choice than overpriced lithium systems? I agree that the bicycle - or even an electric-assist bicycle - will outperform electric or hybrid cars no matter what...

5:52PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

I think the old bicycle or newer trike has more efficiency

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