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Electric vehicles are showing up more often at NAIAS

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(01/18/13) - At the North American International Auto Show, many car makers have hybrids and battery-powered vehicles on display. Industry leaders say electric cars are starting to grow in popularity and they want to cash in on that.

Cadillac has introduced its first E. V. The ELR uses the same technology as the Chevy Volt, but wraps it in luxury.

"I want one of these! Being able to plug it in, drive in on electric power all day, every day," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design.

Ford is also expanding its electric fleet, offering five hybrids, including two you can charge up at home.

"Plug-in technology is that next step to delivering better fuel economy for customers and of course a better and cleaner environment," a Ford spokesman said.

"Long term it's the right play to make. That's why I love what we're doing," said Bill Ford, Jr., Ford's executive chairman.

Electric vehicles and hybrids are no longer novelties. Customers are learning to trust the technology.

"We've seen electric cars on the street, people have come to start accepting them. People have started leasing them now that prices have started to drop a little bit," said Aaron Bragman of cars.com.

13,000 people have placed orders for the Tesla Model S, a battery-powered car.

"Our main mission and our main goal is to rid the world of its addiction to fossil fuel," said Franz von Holzhausen of Tesla Motors.

Car makers say those who buy hybrids do their homework before going to dealerships.

"Ultimately they're trying to find technology that's going to give them a better return in their pocketbooks.

There probably will be more EVs at next year's car show.

"They're finding there is a market. It's still very small, still growing. But you have to start somewhere and unless you starting getting this technology into the hands of drivers and start introducing it around to everybody else, then it's not going to happen," Bragman said.

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