50,000 Waiting for Electric Cars

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- This was the year General Motors Co. and Nissan made good on their promise to bring mass-produced electric cars to the market. But don't count on seeing one in traffic soon. Sales so far have been microscopic and they're likely to stay that way for some time because of limited supplies.
GM sold between 250 and 350 Chevy Volts this month and Nissan's sales totaled less than 10 Leaf sedans in the past two weeks. Production for both is slowly ramping up.
It will be well into 2012 before both the Volt and Leaf are available nationwide. And if you're interested in buying one, you'll need to get behind the 50,000 people already on waiting lists.
It's still unclear just how large the market for electric cars will be once those early adopters are supplied. The base sticker price is $40,280 for the Volt and $32,780 for the Leaf, much higher than most similar-sized, gas-powered cars. If those prices rise, it could make them even more of a niche product than predicted. Buyers also are worried that advertised lease deals may not last, and a federal tax rebate of $7,500 could disappear if Congress decides battery-powered cars are no longer a priority.


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  • by marrysmith Location: usa on Jan 9, 2011 at 11:52 PM
    nice cars i want to buy it...........auto auctions
  • by Paul Scott Location: Santa Monica on Jan 2, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    You are equating sales with deliveries. There's a big difference. I sell the LEAF for Nissan in Santa Monica and I've personally sold 64 LEAFs and our dealership has sold just over 100. We're limited by how many people get the valued email from Nissan telling them they can now choose a dealership and buy from them. We haven't delivered any LEAFs in Santa Monica just yet, but expect to within a couple of weeks. The deliveries are going to be slow at first, but will ramp up quickly as we get into spring. The experience of driving a fully electric car such as the LEAF is going to change millions of American's ideas of what this vehicle means to society. No more money going to the oil companies, no more polluting our environment, and no more wars over oil. Millions of Americans actually value such things, and they will all be getting in line to buy a car that delivers exactly that.
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