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Electric Car Sales Have Short Circuit

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Overall, the U.S. saw sales for March up 3 percent, yet that wasn’t helped by electric cars. The slow-selling Mitsubishi i-MiEV found 31 takers, down from 56 in the year prior. Chevrolet Volt sales were down 35 percent to 1,478. But Nissan Leaf sales saw a surprising uptick, 2,236 cars sold, a 286-percent increase. In overall sales, the Volt still leads the Leaf, 4,244 to 3,539. Last year, Chevrolet widened the gap as Nissan struggled to find electric car adopters. In its third model year, Nissan has added a new entry-level model that starts under $30,000 before tax incentives. The ball is in GM’s court to see if it will respond with a more affordable Volt soon.

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