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Electric cars hailed, but cost keeping sales from revving up

Electric vehicles still have a long road ahead before they’re accepted by most drivers, but that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of their makers or fans.
The optimism about electric vehicles, or EVs, was palpable at a convention focusing on them this week: Plug-In 2012 Conference & Exposition, which ends today at the Convention Center.
Several speakers, including Britta Gross of General Motors’ global energy systems, noted that the cost of buying an electric vehicle, such as the Chevrolet Volt, is getting closer to $30,000, the average price of a new gasoline-powered vehicle today.
Yet some at the convention acknowledged that price remains a stumbling block to more EV sales. Limited infrastructure for charging also is a problem.
The suggested retail price for the all-electric Nissan Leaf is $36,060, and for the Volt, it’s almost $40,000, according to auto information website Buyers are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs, which helps bring the cost down.



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