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Plug-in electric car sales triple in 2012

Newsday -- As this eventful year nears its end, let it be remembered for the rise of the electric car.
Sales of plug-in electric cars -- both hybrids and battery electrics -- tripled in model year 2012, their second year on the market.
Plug-in hybrid sales have surpassed the sales of conventional hybrids in 2001, which was their second year on the market.
Despite the political rhetoric of the election year, the most popular electric-drive vehicle, the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, is outselling half of all cars on the market today. In the meantime, conventional hybrid sales grew by more than 50 percent in model year 2012, more than four times as fast as the rest of the vehicle market.
These facts are highlighted in a backgrounder from the Union of Concerned Scientists for the Los Angeles Auto Show, ...


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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 7:16:20 PM

If governments are buying electric and alternative-fuel vehicles, that leaves more gasoline for us civilians. So much the better.
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wang91554
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:20:49 PM

need to triple again for a couple more years before they become real numbers.
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:02:13 AM

seems govt is doing all the buying, not the average consumer. Nice to see the government wasting our money again.
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RogerB
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 4:59:39 AM

The Mayor of Indianapolis announced that the city would purchase no more conventional gas vehicles. Most smaller vehicles will be either EV's or plug-in hybrids. Larger trucks will use CNG.

Mayor Greg Ballard: City vehicles to use alternate fuels in 13 years

The city’s new goal is to convert the entire city fleet — to electric, natural gas or hybrid vehicles in the next 13 years

Starting now, an executive order signed by Ballard requires that all new vehicles purchased or leased for the city’s fleet, other than police cars, have electric or plug-in hybrid engines. The city also will work to replace heavy-duty trucks, including fire engines, with vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, which is cheaper overall than diesel.

Ballard’s motivation is for Indianapolis to do its part, however small, to reduce the United States’ reliance on oil produced in dictatorships — a recurring factor, in his view, behind recent U.S. wars.

“This choice will save lives,” he said. “We will save taxpayer dollars. And we’ll shift the balance of global strategic power.”

Especially if other cities, as Ballard hopes, follow Indianapolis’ lead.
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RogerB
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 4:20:20 AM

The Mayor of Indianapolis announced that the city would purchase no more conventional gas vehicles. Most smaller vehicles will be either EV's or plug-in hybrids. Larger trucks will use CNG.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 3:09:40 AM

Plug-in electric car sales triple in 2012? If EV's and Inbreds triple in sales just whom is buying them, certainly not the average Joe down the street. When a few vehicles are sold with the total being low to begin with, sales percentage will multiply greatly. 'Coming out of the closet' Sneeky's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, the jobs are Not here. Sneeky's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continue to be down!
With time, EV's and Inbreds will improve, the vehicles will get better and maybe they will have a greater driving range, a higher battery storage capacity and a much quicker recharging time. What the future may hold is promising but it's Not for me at this time!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 2:23:27 AM

Good news. But they will never be mainstream.
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bigdipperMS
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:33:27 AM

Why?
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richnc
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:09:26 AM

What we need is an electric Hummer.
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BCM1
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:07:21 AM

The government wasted our tax money on them.
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CCLighthouse
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:07:17 AM

Not me. CNG might be goo, I am a stickler about elec. in the house. I would not like to see my elec. bill go up!
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:02:22 AM

Too expensive.......don't want one.
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TheSnowstorm
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:01:25 AM

Somehow, I doubt this, but if it makes you feel good.....
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RAE344
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:01:19 AM

When the bar is set so low, it is not hard to triple.
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Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:58:57 PM

Ya, only the rich are buying, who else has that kind of money
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SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:57:35 PM

The price needs to come way down for my budget....
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:55:41 PM

"conventional hybrid"...?
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:54:48 PM

Government must have gone shopping...
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jtfftj
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:53:56 PM

Triple? How many sold without government incentives/tax breaks/bribes?
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DiannaFan
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:52:47 PM

Saying "triple" is a pointless statistic without some real numbers to back it up. If there were 3 electric car sales in 2011 and 9 in 2012, that's triple. It's also insignificant.

Bad job by Scripps Howard News Service.
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wayoung56
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:51:14 PM

The price will have to come way down for the average driver to afford one...
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:49:38 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:48:37 PM

Soon you won't have a choice
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fuelsaverMN
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:45:38 PM

For people that can afford them.Only a small percentage would buy them because of the cost.
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rjoeh
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:43:13 PM

Sounds more like a lot more people are evaluating their true automotive needs and seeing a way to be more green in their transportation needs. A hybrid might fit my energy needs... but I'm not convinced yet that they will have the longevity to match my 2002 Subaru with 345,000 miles on the original engine.
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mstearno
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:43:06 PM

let's see 1,000 times 3 is 3,000 BFD
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Jeannemarie
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:42:49 PM

Wait'll they come out with a converter for the current hybrids if you think that is a lot. I am in line for sure.. Love my Prius and plan to keep it for 40 years (if I live so long).
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DeeMamma88
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:41:44 PM

Will the prices of electric cars ever come down??
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southrob
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:41:32 PM

nice now lets drill for the reat of us that cannot afford the gimmicky trich toys that pollute the enviro more than the regular cars.(batteries,and plugging into coal fired electricity)
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:40:55 PM

Thanks for posting...
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2granny
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:40:37 PM

Not for me.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:38:36 PM

GREAT!
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peggygunderson
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:37:39 PM

Electric cars will be the futures someday. We will have no choic
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:34:23 PM

When they get plenty of them out there watch what happens to electric rates.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:31:55 PM

Not on my Christmas list
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regout
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:30:46 PM

I wont buy one for now.
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suzmar
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:26:28 PM

And what number of those sales were to governmental entities?
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charg3rguy1991
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:26:28 PM

Ok, but i'm still not buying one.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:21:43 PM

Oh my!
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abcdMA
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:19:27 PM

yes---sales went from 10 to 30 to 90
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oldred11
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:16:34 PM

Now let's see it triple again in 2013 and again in 2014 and pretty soon we'll have something to really talk about.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:15:02 PM

just proves americans with nothing else to buy are increasing
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:13:14 PM

Not practical in southern California.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:09:09 PM

I love my Chevy Volt. Last time buying gas? 16 weeks ago.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:06:05 PM

If you sell 10000 one year, it's not hard to sell 30000 the next year.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:05:40 PM

They are more readily available this year as well.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:03:57 PM

We don't have answers about the cost of replacement batteries if and when they are needed. The companies should have a cost and how much they will cover.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:02:34 PM

I have to say that I am surprised!
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:02:00 PM

Anything that gets us off gas dependence.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:36:04 PM

For this to work, we need to get the R&D paid off and get the economies of scale needed to make them affordable to the average car buyer. Also, there need to be more fast charging stations around (workplaces? restaurants?), or a way for us apartment dwellers to be able to top them off - not everybody has a garage that can be wired. Third, infrastructure is needed to make these good traveling cars as well as commuter vehicles - I want to know that I can charge it up along the way and at my destination, otherwise these things are just "one-trick ponies." (No I don't want to fly somewhere that I can drive in a day, and most of may family is within a day's drive.)
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