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These 5 things need to happen before electric cars really go mainstream – The Washington Post

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These 5 things need to happen before electric cars really go mainstream
By Lydia DePillis, Published: SEPTEMBER 19, 4:18 PM ET
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In 1997, the world’s first real consumer-oriented electric car — the Prius — debuted in Japan. Sixteen years and many new models later, electric cars have stayed stubbornly at about 2 percent of global sales for light vehicles, which Navigant Research projects will only grow to 3 percent by 2020. Tesla may be doing well, but their $70,000 car won’t reach the masses anytime soon. Chevrolet’s Volt has had a rough ride, sales of Nissan’s Leaf have disappointed, several battery companies have failed, and Israel’s battery-swapping BetterPlacewent under. Just this week, a car charging company that had received a $99 million federal grant went bankrupt.

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