Its a new technology. Its still a little high but as with all new technology, it'll get cheaper with time. TBO, if I were in the car market right now, I'd hold off getting an electric car myself and I'm a supporter. The reason is that in just a few years a new battery that was just invented will get 10x the range of the present battery and it'll be just a few short years before it hits the streets. The fact is that horse is out of the gates and it's not coming back. Electric cars are out, going global as we speak and will only grow in popularity. Regardless of the anti-technological progress spin you see in the MSM, electric cars are strongly supported despite the higher cost.
The Volt, through August, will have sales of 13,300, compared to 15,600 total sales of the Prius in 2001.
From The Detroit News: GM: Aug. Volt sales best yet | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
The Prius, is one of the best selling cars in automotive history and the Volt is only a hair behind them.
I don't know this to be true but I wouldn't be surprised if GM is suspending production to retrofit future models with the new 10x the range battery.