Higher gas prices seem to be driving some new car buyers to err on the side of caution and take their chances on either a plug-in electric or hybrid electric vehicle. Initially these vehicles were hard sell, as the technology was still unproven and the models themselves left much to be desired when it came to the look and feel of driving.
Today, however, there are a mix of new electric vehicles available for buyers. Electric cars today have more power, better range and mileage and more accessories than ever before. This seems to be bringing customers calling, which makes the automobile manufacturers happy with their investment in these models.
If electric car sales stay on track as they have for the first quarter of this year they will top 40,000 units sold by January 1 of next year. Currently, it is estimated there are only about 27,000 electric vehicles of all sorts on the roads in America. But that number will likely at least double by the end of the year.
There are advantages to driving a hybrid electric vehicle, and even plug-in electric vehicles, and buyers are beginning to discover this for themselves. They are finding the cars have much more power than might have initially been led to believe, and that the cars are much more reliable than they thought. It also helps that the cars are smaller, easier to manage, quicker on the update, quieter and easier to slip into parking spaces. The addition of an assortment of new accessories, like satellite radios, navigation systems and hands-free technology, drivers might even feel a little bit more savvy just by getting behind the wheel.
This is hardly a sign of the death of the fossil fuel driver vehicle, however. The 17,000 electric vehicles sold in April of this year doesn’t even represent 10 percent of the overall vehicle sales for the same period. But signs are it’s getting better for electric vehicles all the time.
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