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Friday Poll: Will you buy an electric car?

Sales are a little slow.

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Chevy sold 7,671 electric Volts last year, short of its expectation of 10,000. The car has gotten tons of publicity, but that hasn’t translated into booming sales.

Even with a $7,500 tax credit dangling like a tasty carrot, buyers haven’t flocked to electric vehicles like the Volt and Nissan Leaf.

Electric vehicle prices can vary from around $32,000 to $40,000. There are definitely cheaper options out there. The Toyota Prius starts at $23,520.

Range is still a limitation in some people’s minds. The Volt, for example, can cover 35 miles gas-free. Throw in a full tank of dinosaur juice and you’ll add 375 miles onto that.

Ford and Chevy pickup trucks were selling like hotcakes in 2011. Maybe there’s a cultural component to slow electric vehicle sales. Maybe’s it’s the pricing. Maybe it’s that gas hasn’t hit $10 per gallon yet.

Take a peek at your driveway. If you don’t have an electric vehicle parked out there, then this poll is for you.

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