26 Nov '15, 5am

5 Overseas Plug-in Cars We Wish Were Sold in the US

The U.S. may have more plug-in vehicles registered than any other country, but that doesn’t mean that every model is sold here. BYD, for example, is the top green car company in China by volume, but it doesn’t have any plug-in models in U.S. dealers. And it’s not alone: Peugeot, Renault and Geely are also absent, to name a few. Though it sometimes seems odd when one market gets a particular model while another does not, a couple of issues come into play for carmakers. Exporting cars into the U.S. is expensive, for one, and vehicles with low production may struggle to be profitable in the extra market. Different regulations can also add on more work and expense. Safety standards, for example, are not the same in both Europe and the U.S., requiring automakers to alter vehicles for each market. A global standard on fuel economy and carbon emissions is also lacking. Even the w...

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