The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes and retail editor/analyst Austin Smith discuss topics across the investing world.

Electric vehicles were once thought to be the future for the automotive industry, but now some are having doubts. Chevy's Volt has seen very disappointing sales, and now we even hear of some dealerships refusing to take Volts. What does this mean for EVs in the future and for the major automakers?

Editor's note: Tesla's Model X will make its debut, not be released, on Feb. 9.

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