"I would call that a black eye," said Sean McAlinden, executive vice president of research and chief economist at the Center for Automotive Research, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. "But I don't think it will affect the election.
"You see the electric cars are dying in the market," Mr. McAlinden said. "Nobody wants to buy them. They cost too much. There's nowhere to recharge them. The general population isn't interested in electric cars at all."