Electric Cars Are the Future: Auto Analyst

Educating the public about electric vehicles will take a lot of time, but implementing them is our future, said Rebecca Lindland, director of the Autos Group at IHS Global Insight.

General Motors said on Tuesday its new Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car will get 230 miles per gallon of gasoline in city driving, more than four times the mileage of the biggest competitor, the Toyota Prius.

“This just shows that a full electric vehicle can be viable and will be viable in a very short amount of time. We’re talking months before this hits the road—not years,” Lindland told CNBC.

She said GM expects to produce about 60,000 units of the Volt by 2013. Nissan, in the meantime, is coming out with a new electrical vehicle model, which they estimate to produce about 5,000 units.


No immediate information was available for Lindland or her firm.

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