Even High Gas Prices Haven’t Fueled Electric Car Sales

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Car companies are ‘stepping on the gas’ trying to figure out ways to get Americans into electric cars.

Even the high prices at the pump haven’t jump-started sales of vehicles like the Chevy Volt.

Stephanie Janczek, with the Ford Motor Company that has an electric Focus coming out next year, says one problem is the cost of owning an electric car.

“As people become more accustomed to them… but the [electric car] batteries need to, the batteries themselves, the price needs to come down.”

Janczek says the United States is a big country, with vast urban areas, and a lot of people don’t like the idea of a car that can only go 80 miles before needing to recharge.

Some experts, Janczek included, think electric/gas hybrids will be the most popular for the foreseeable future.

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  • NiteNurse

    I personally would buy an electric car but I hesitate because I’m not sure how reliable they are. Plus i’m worried about the cost to repair something on these electric cars since not many places repair them and have parts for them. I want to wait till they work all the kinks out of them.

  • Rick McDaniel

    Electric cars are NOT practical. They either have almost no cruising range per charge (40 miles? come one…) or, they cost far more than any ordinary person could ever afford. ($100K……really…?)

    Make it go at least 400 miles per charge, and cost under $25K, and maybe we can talk………if it will recharge in an hour or less.

    Let’s be realistic. I like many people, live in a large metro area. I am now retired, but i used to have to drive 28 miles each way, just to get to and from work. If I ran any errands on the way, that added potentially more to the round trip mileage. I am quite typical of the average metro driver. There is no way, most electric cars could begin to be practical, under my typical driving conditions. No way.

  • Samson Del

    Those who want to maintain oil and steel monopolies make it hard to use electric cars. http://www.limnia.com has totally solved the electric vehicle range issue but Detroit hires people to try to stop them and other companies with technology to overcome all of the electric car problems

  • Freedom Sunshine

    I would support anything that will get the noxious gas fumes of our Earth killing vehicles off the roads. If you drive a SUV, minivan, pickup truck, or any other vehicle running on gasoline or diesel fuel, you are a part of the problem and are no better than a mass murderer by killing our Blessed Earth Mother. Personally, I wish we would all ride horses and wagons, but failing that, at least electric cars will not kill our sky and trees and wildlife. Oh Great Earth Mother, please allow all the gas prices to reach seven dollars a gallon. Please make us repent of our sins against your world for the toxins we pollute every day in your sky!

  • Bob Snider

    The electric cars have to be promoted and available. My local Chevy salesman is not sure what a Volt is. I am not sure where I would have to go to buy one. When you add this to the fact that GMC lied to us about the electric motor. They allowed us to believe it was not connected to the drive wheels, when it is, making it nothing more then another hybrid. The Volt is a great idea, when done properly (no mechancial connection with drive wheels) and promoted and available like Chevys other cars. When they do that, I’ll buy one.

  • Dave N.

    Have you priced replacement batteries for them. Out of sight. Would you mind meeting head on with an eighteen wheeler? Don’t think this country is ready for these until all gas and diesel powered vehicles are gone. By the way, there is more oil in the Bakken field ( under North Dakota and eastern Montana) than all of what is under Saudi Arabia. Go figure!!!

  • NiteNurse

    Rent the movie “Who killed the electric car?”

  • Jim Horak

    Are gas prices really going down? Yeah, right! I’ll believe that when it hits MY pump! All I know is that I am tired of paying huge gas prices. I found a new type of Auto Club. I use their membership gas card by sticking it into gas pump and it gives me 10% right back to my account for the gas purchase. It is really no hassle, a no brainer. With money we save, we enjoy more trips, movies and family fun stuff. You can check them out at http://gaspainrelief.mygasdiscount.net , the more that are doing this the more they can discount – its kinda like Cosco or Sam’s Club in that way.

  • RussP

    Until the manufacturers can get the travel range of these car up to something most people can use and get the cost of buying and maintaining them low enough so that the cheaper cost of electricity creates a break even point, they will not catch on. A car that only takes you 40 miles or so and will cost you more in the long run is not going to sell.

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