U.S. drivers slow to embrace all-electric vehicles
DETROIT — All-electric vehicles that you plug-in overnight are a tough sell with drivers afraid of becoming stranded with few charging stations in operation across the nation.
Consumers want hybrids that combine gas with battery power, such as the Toyota Prius, or that plug in but have a backup gas tank, such as the Chevrolet Volt.
That sentiment is reflected in the latest market numbers.
Sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf, which can travel about 75 miles on a single overnight charge, plummeted 69 percent in June from a year earlier. Meanwhile, sales of various models of Toyota Prius hybrids are selling as fast as the automaker can ship them.
The Volt is still not an overwhelming success, but sales for the first half of 2012 more than tripled from a year earlier to 8,817.
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