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  • maryfaykay maryfaykay Sep 10, 2013 10:39 AM Flag

    Idiots on this board have no idea that manufacturers are not interested in Electric cars

    Our Government wants people to buy electric cars, so they set regulations that say a certain percentage of cars sold must be zero emissions. The people that live in some of these states don't necessarily want to buy electric cars. Automakers don't necessarily want to spend the exorbitant funds to develop a car nobody will buy.

    But too bad they have to.

    Here's an example. Right now, California, New York, and New Jersey are requiring that zero emission cars become 15 percent of new car sales by 2025. That doesn't sound bad, but then you look at the numbers that are being sold right now. Honda has sold a total of 83 of its electric Fit. TOTAL. Their goal was 1,100 sales over two years. That's not close to any percent. Right now, of the 6.4 million cars sold this year so far, one third of one percent have been electric. That's nothing.

    8I suspect the nearly 5000 Teslas sold might have something to do with the poor sales of the Fit. Sure the price points are different but I suspect the Tesla has a lot more attraction for true electric car fans and they are willing to pay more for it.

    Automakers don't need to freak out quite yet, but if consumer attitudes towards electric cars don't change soon, then we could be facing situations where automakers that don't sell electric vehicles might have to pull out of certain states in the coming decade. I sincerely doubt something like that will happen, but it isn't totally out of the realm of possibility.

    Now , do you Morons like Blue/ Sam understand that GM could care less about Volt sales ?

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    • You don't understand who is buying Tesla's, it's a rich guys toy. The buyers have multiple cars and most own an exotic or two. It's a good looking fairly expensive car to show off and you can take the high ground saying you're saving the environment which is actually very debatable if you actually are saving anything. The mass market cars won't sell because they will be bought by real people who need an affordable car that works like a car. Why buy an EV when you can by a small cheap car that goes 40 MPG?????

    • "Idiots on this board have no idea..."
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      Do you consider that a good topic title?

      "But too bad they have to.
      Here's an example. Right now, California, New York, and New Jersey are requiring that zero emission cars become 15 percent of new car sales by 2025."
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      This is 2013. 2025 is twelve years away, and unless there is a drastic improvement in EC technology,
      those EC sales requirements are likely to be repealed. Otherwise, some people won't drive and others
      will find ways around the law--buy and register their cars out of state.

      "I suspect the nearly 5000 Teslas sold might have something to do with the poor sales of the Fit."
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      Honest to god! You're just joking, right? Somebody might have bought a Honda Fit, but instead chose
      a Tesla.

 
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