27 Nov '11, 3pm

Are Psychological Barriers Holding Back Electric Cars?: Part of that might be due to the recession and the steep...

It’s hard to find an energy wonk out there who doesn’t love the idea of electric cars. Most white papers on ending our oil dependency envision a large future role for plug-in vehicles and hybrids in the future. The concept has legions of devoted fans. Back in 2006, the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” became a cult classic, and there’s a sequel coming out later this year — titled, yes, “Revenge of the Electric Car” — about the companies and eccentric inventors racing to develop a viable EV model. Greg “Gadget” Abbott in “Revenge of the Electric Car.” (Image courtesy of Westmidwest Productions)Yet these vehicles still face a big hurdle. Few consumers are buying them. GM is struggling to meet this year’s sales target for the Chevy Volt, and Nissan has sold just 8,000 all-electric Leafs. Part of that might be due to the recession and the steep price tag: Like any ne...

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