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Electric cars are not that new," says Tony Posawetz, vehicle line director for the Volt. The first vehicle ever built by Ferdinand Porsche, he says, the 1898 System Lohner-Porsche, was in fact an electric car. Posawetz estimated, however, that next year, modern car manufacturers will easily set the all-time record for electric vehicle sales, and they will continue setting records for several years to come. "By 2020," Posawetz says, "an additional 300 million vehicles will be built worldwide, which is more than the total number of vehicles that exist in the U.S. today." An increasing percentage of those, Posawetz says, will be electric.
Larry Dominique, vice president of product planning at Nissan, agrees. "Electrification of vehicles will go up if prices go up, and I don't expect gas pri
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