16 Mar '12, 10pm

Check out: Toyota Prius C outsells monthly totals of Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf in three days via @therealautoblog

I strongly suspect that some, but clearly not all, car companies are extremely nervous about how to manage the transition from current battery prices to those conspicuously lower in case someone makes The Big Breakthrough. (That's not meant to be sarcasm; given the money at stake, I fully expect some company or university to make TBB RSN.) I think this is why we're seeing things like the iQ EV and Fit EV (and the Focus EV?) being limited fleet sales, initially. Imagine you sell a few bargeloads of these EVs to individual consumers and then the price of batteries and next year's model of the car both plummet. If you don't try to compensate the people who already bought the pricier version, they'll be VERY unhappy. I'm sure car companies are looking at this and have plans for giving customers a free upgrade to a longer range battery or a discount on their next car, to name t...

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