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Alternative vehicles will catch on

Editor's Note: Ed Stafford is a professor in the management department at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and, along with Cathy Hartman, does research in green technology sustainability.

Salt Lake Tribune
By Ed Stafford

Electric vehicles have suffered a setback. Just as General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt was named the European Car of the Year, GM announced a halt in production through April 23 due to poor sales. Nissan’s Leaf hasn’t sold well, either.

With electricity costs just a fraction of skyrocketing oil prices, you’d think electric vehicles would be flying off dealer lots. Why aren’t they?

Recent hype over the Volt’s battery fires in crash tests may be partly to blame, though government investigators found that the batteries were no more flammable than those in gas-powered cars.

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