Electric cars aren't selling well. But Ford and GM get boost from fuel-efficient models that aren't electric cars.
Electric cars? Not so much.
General Motors couldn't tout sales of its Chevy Volt in its monthly sales announcement Friday. For all its gas-pump savings, the electrically powered Volt is off to a slow start in sales, with just 608 units shipped in March and 1,210 so far this year.
Many consumer apparently see cars like the Volt or the all-electric Nissan Leaf as a novelty, with unproven performance and reliability
Still, the industry has seen a distinct shift in consumer preference toward greener autos.
March sales numbers showed an 11 percent sales gain for GM (compared with March 2010) and a 19 percent jump for Ford. Both companies' totals were boosted by sales of fuel-efficient vehicles.