I have made no secret of my affection for electric cars.
Seduced by their smooth, strong, silent motors, and the promise of never visiting a gas station again, the battery electric vehicles represent a real promise for a future of petroleum-free motoring.
But not everyone agrees with me. Despite increasing numbers of choices, plug-in electric cars still represent below 1% of annual U.S. car sales. Through May of this year, American car buyers purchased only 35,406 pure electric vehicles out of 6.9 million vehicles sold, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Assn.
To attract reluctant drivers to the electrified world, Hyundai has a new policy: Lease a plug-in...