The Electric Car Industry Is Going To Make You Love Themby The Daily Eye Team February 23 2016, 4:56 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 42 secs
How many people are ready to kick the century-old gasoline habit?
American car buyers are signing for more electric cars than ever, and more manufacturers are entering the market. The trade publication Green Car Journal just named the redesigned Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric vehicle its Green Car of the Year, citing the 2016 model's improved batteries, punchier pickup and extended range — 53 miles on battery power alone, 420 miles with its gasoline-powered backup generator kicking in. But they're still a tiny fraction of the US auto market — about 1 percent of passenger cars. And their sales are supported heavily by federal regulations and tax breaks, including a tax credit that can knock up to $7,500 off the sticker price. That support may still be needed for several years before EVs are likely to stand on their own four wheels.