Americans are changing their car-buying habits every month, as gas prices send up and down signals to the marketplace. The solution: A price floor for gasoline, guaranteed by the feds. Politically, it's dead on arrival.
Romney says his first order of business would be selling off the government's GM stock at a $16 billion loss. That's questionable fiscal policy. If Romney had his way, General Motors would have ceased to exist back in 2009.
For the start-ups, selling unfamiliar electric cars to Americans means a lot of guerrilla marketing. That's why Coda and Tesla are opening stores in malls, and Wheego is co-sponsoring contests and selling into police fleets.
It may take a while for automakers to build enough EVs to matter, which is why conversion companies are looking to electrify our current fleet. The drawback is that it's still pretty expensive. Fleets are likely to be the early adopters.