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America's 100,000th Electric Car Just Sold: Are These Things Catching On?

With traditional cars, we’re stuck buying—and burning—gas.



Tesla, Elon Musk’s high-end electric car company, has had a very good quarter.
It made a profit for the first time in history, it's set to pay taxpayers back for its $465 million government loan (with $12 million interest), and it's got a very, very positive review from Consumer Reports (a 99 out of 100; its performance was “off the charts”).
And Tesla’s success might be part of a larger trend. The advocacy group Plug-In America just declared that the 100,000th plug-in electric car was sold in America this week.
Plug-In America didn’t count every electric car sale. Rather, the group determined this number by extrapolating from plug-in sales over the last few years. In 2011, fewer than 20,000 were sold. In 2012, that number jumped to more than 50,000. And at current rates, more than 100,000 will be sold in 2013 alone.

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A Tiny, Fold-up Electric Car Will Hit Streets This Year

The Hiriko Fold is a tiny electric car that can be folded upright to fit in tight parking spaces.

The Hiriko Fold, an electric car that originally began as a research project at MIT, is tiny—smaller than Daimler's smart car. But the Hiriko can go even tinier: The car can be folded up and its length is reduced to 59 inches, similar to the width of a normal car. That means three Hirikos can fit in a standard parking spot.

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Who Will Win the Race to Build a Great Electric Vehicle?

The Revenge of the Electric Car, the sequel to 2006’s Who Killed the Electric Car? examines the competition to build a great EV.

The Revenge of the Electric Car, the sequel to the 2006 film Who Killed the Electric Car?, is set to premiere in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 21. The film, from director Chris Paine, follows its predecessor's question with a definitive, even menacing response, but it might be more aptly titled Who Will Win the Electric Car Race?

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