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So many electric vehicle start-ups - which will survive?

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First, let me get this off my chest: With General Motors reporting just 1,210 Chevy Volts sold in the first three months of 2011, including 608 in March, and Nissan showing only 452 Leafs out their U.S. dealers' doors in the first three months, including 298 in March, critics are chortling that there is no market for plug-in cars. But what these idiots don't know - or pretend not to know - is that both cars' sales so far have been severely limited by lack of supply, not demand.

While GM and Nissan have been very slow to ramp up production and distribution, primarily to ensure flawless quality, both EVs have thousands of would-be buyers cooling their heels on waiting lists. And GM (maybe Nissan, too) is telling Chevy dealers to retain (not sell) a Volt demonstrator at a time when some of them probably still haven't received their first one.

That said, with literally dozens of new EVs expected to hit the U.S. market (and others) in the next few years, I'm wondering how many start-up EV makers will survive.

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