At Year One, Prospects for Electric Cars Still Uncertain

The fate of whole companies rests on who is right in forecasting the sales of electric vehicles by 2020.

Published: 12-Jan-2012

When the Chevrolet Volt was named the 2011 North American Car of the Year in Detroit, you could have been forgiven for thinking that the electric car's time had finally come.

After years of development and false starts, a plug-in electric vehicle (albeit one that still has a petrol engine on board), aimed right at the middle of the mass market, was being celebrated as a great car that also happened to be powered by electricity.

A year later and there seems to be a lot less to cheer about the Volt and the future of the electric car.

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