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Electric cars capture 2012 spotlight

The 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, based upon an electric version of the Mitsubishi I made in Japan, costs $31,125 before tax credits. (Mitsubishi)

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 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 were highlighted in a backgrounder from the Union of Concerned Scientists for the Los Angeles Auto Show, which has positioned itself as the premier staging area for cars that tread lightly on the environment.

Among the new electrics introduced were the Chevrolet Spark EV and the Fiat 500e, developed by Chrysler and its Italian partner, Fiat SpA. Chevy says the Spark will hop from parked to 60 mph in less than eight seconds, making it one of the fastest EVs on the market.

While California is the epicenter of electric vehicle rollouts, it is not the only market for such novelties. There is a personality type in every state that likes the idea of never visiting the fuel pump.

I know a journalist who bought a Chevrolet Volt in the upper Midwest for his personal use and loves it. He makes a game of never having the gas engine kick on, which happens if the electric battery runs out of juice.



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