UPDATE 1GM Daimler amp up U S electric car price war | Reuters

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By Ben Klayman and Paul Lienert

Aug 6 (Reuters) — General Co and Daimler AG on Tuesday amped up the price war, announcing price cuts aimed at demand in a still-sluggish segment of the auto market.

GM slashed from the price of its 2014 Volt plug-in hybrid, Daimler announced a steeply monthly lease price of on its 2013 Smart Fortwo Drive.

Plug-in vehicles such as the Volt and the pure-electric Fortwo ED encountered stiff resistance U.S. consumers, in part of their higher prices and of a nationwide battery charging

U.S. sales of plug-in and gasoline-electric vehicles through totaled only 48,889, to research firm Autodata. represents just 0.5 percent of U.S. vehicle sales of 9.1 in the first seven months of year.

The $5,000 cut for the 2014 will lower the price to including delivery fees but federal tax credits.

Smart is U.S. dealers a $2,000 rebate on the 2013 Fortwo ED, lowering the retail price to Customers also can opt to lease the battery-powered two-seater for $139 a for 36 months, with $1,995 a 30 percent discount from the monthly lease rate of

Smart has delivered only 173 EDs to U.S. customers this The brand began offering an electric motor and battery in May and will start selling models in October. A redesigned ED is expected for the 2015 model

Even before the latest cut, the Volt has been one of the plug-in vehicles, with U.S. sales through

That is roughly the same as the battery-powered Nissan Leaf, has benefited from a hefty price cut in January. Including the 2013 Leaf retails for

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Both the Volt and the Leaf, have been outsold by the Tesla Model S, which at nearly $71,000 and accounted for of all U.S. plug-in sales July with 12,200.

electric-car competitors have followed Nissan’s lead steep discounts.

In May, Motor Co slashed the lease of its Fit EV subcompact by one-third, to $259 a In July, Ford Motor Co the price of its 2014 Focus compact by 10 percent, to $35,995.

GM previously had cut the price of the 2013 by $5,000 to help boost In late May, it launched an version of the Chevy Spark with a lower-than-expected starting of $27,495 and is offering discounted on both cars.

The Volt cut is another step in GM’s to seize the mantle of greenest in the world from Toyota Corp. which makes the Prius hybrid car. also sells a plug-in of the Prius.

GM did not quantify the cost savings for the Volt, but has said the next due in 2015 or 2016, will $7,000 to $10,000 less. The models will begin at U.S. dealers later month.

GM is aiming by 2017 to up to 500,000 vehicles a year some form of electric The vehicles would include the the Spark EV and those with its system that boosts efficiency in gas-powered cars.

GM begin building the Cadillac ELR electric coup late year.

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