EV Sales Facing Uphill Battle


Detroit News - October 18, 2012

The A123 Sys­tems (bat­tery maker) fail­ure is just one red flag on the path to decline in the elec­tric car mar­ket as car mak­ers see poor sales despite higher gas prices.

Find out where EV sales stand and the future outlook.

After years of promises that elec­tric cars would end the nation’s reliance on imported oil, the bad news has been steady in recent weeks, with reports of lag­ging sales and projects being pushed back.

Electrics remain far more expen­sive than gasoline-powered vehi­cles, despite hefty gov­ern­ment tax credits.

Ford Motor Co., which builds the Focus Elec­tric in Wayne, sold just 228 through September.

For the year, Nis­san has sold 5,212 Leafs, down 27.8 per­cent from this time a year ago. GM has offered hefty incen­tives on the Volt, which has helped boost sales, while Nis­san has recently begun offer­ing some incen­tives on the Leaf.