Electric Car Sales Down | VideoAmy Fox | 2/19/2013
"The electric car industry has relatively tapered off the last year, year and a half,” said Ryan Chevrolet salesman Jason Morgan. “The trend has come to a stand still as far as practicality and every day living."
Since 2008, car dealerships across the country have been selling electric cars. But, after the initial rush, sales have slowed down.
Morgan said, "I think general interest was there more than there were actual consumers looking to purchase. I think they were intrigued and once they satisfied their curiosity, then I think that is all that is was."
But, with the average price of unleaded gas in Minot at $3.74 per gallon, many are looking to cut costs.
"Obviously, with the price at the pump, fuel. Any way we can cut costs and operations that would be the number one gain. And, then, obviously the green initiatives as well as tax incentives and rebates, anything to save money," explains Morgan.
To start up, you just push the power button and the brake petal. But, after about 30-35 miles, it’s time to charge up.
"The battery power and the technology have definitely increased as far as longevity goes with overall performance as well as the car being under warranty for a longer period of time,” said Morgan.
With the future of electric cars unknown, consumers are considering just one thing.
"I think people want to,” said Morgan. “I think they`re just, I don`t know if scared is the right word. I think it`s just, is it practical for me?"
Morgan says the price of an electric car is about $10,000 to $15,000 more than a normal four door sedan. But, he says you could save $50 to $100 a month on fuel.