Consumer Reports study says buyers still wary about electric-cars

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The preliminary findings of a new survey by Consumer Reports indicate that while half of consumers regard being green as important to them, there are not many willing to embrace vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. Primary concerns are cost, range, functionality, and safety.

Though being green was important to 51% of respondents, it ranked just 11th out of 12 factors considered when buying car, such as quality, price, and value.

“Electric vehicles have captured the interest of some consumers,” said Consumer Reports in a posting Thursday on its Web site. “However, many may be wary of embracing a new technology if it demands lifestyle changes.”

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Inside Line