Electric vehicles look to give the San Diego Auto Show a bolt

After years of promises and potential, 2017 may be the year alternative-fueled vehicles gain some real traction in the car market.


And attendees at the San Diego International Auto Show, which opens Thursday at the Convention Center, can get their first peek at some of the models upon which policymakers as well as car makers have pinned so much hope.

“It’s going to be very telling,” said Jeremy Acevedo, pricing and industry analyst for Edmunds.com. “As to where this technology is, how it’s resonating with shoppers out there, I think 2017 is going to be a very strong barometer.”

Among some of the alternative-fueled vehicles on display include the newly-designed Toyota Prius — called the Prius Prime — and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai and the brand new Honda Clarity.

The market has even gone upscale, with the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Cadillac offering prime spots on the convention floor for their own clean-energy cars. The Cadillac CTS hybrid plug-in has a starting price of just over $75,000.

But the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV may be the “it” car at this year’s auto show. Last month, the Bolt was named Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year for 2017. 

Not to be confused with the Chevy Volt, the plug-in hybrid on the market since December 2010, the Bolt EV is now available at dealerships in California and Oregon.  

Electric vehicles — known as EVs for short — have garnered a…

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