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Three No-Brainer Electric Car Trends in 2013

Just three weeks into the new year, we’re already seeing three blatantly obvious trends emerge.
1EV Are Getting Cheaper
2013 Nissan LEAF

2013 Nissan LEAF

The big persistent complaint against electric cars is high cost. Critics say that plug-in cars cost more than so-called comparable models, but deliver less range or other features. Those arguments usually overlook the fact that EVs provide quicker acceleration, better handling because of a low center of gravity, and a smooth silent drive. (Let’s leave aside the lack of a tailpipe and what comes out of it.)

But lo and behold, only three weeks into 2013, and the price of the entry-level Nissan LEAF has been dropped by $6,000. And on Wednesday, GM North America President Mark Reuss said the company can reduce production costs of the Chevy Volt by “thousands of dollars” signaling a price reduction for the extended-range electric vehicle. If you look closely at the price of the Ford C-Max Energi, it’s actually lower than the C-Max Hybrid, when considering federal and state incentives. Also, the 2013 Smart Electric Drive starts at a compelling $25,000, before incentives.

This is not the end of the trend of fully capable EVs with a net price in the teens.
2Plug-in Hybrid Selection is Expanding’


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