According to a recent study conducted by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, consumers are more interested in purchasing hybrid-electric vehicles than electric-only vehicles.
The study’s findings are in line with what consumers are actually doing, as sales for the Nissan Leaf have struggled against hybrid-electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt. Researchers also believe that the study casts doubt that a million plug-in electric vehicles will be on the road by 2015, which is the Obama administration’s goal.
The research surveyed more than 2,300 adult drivers in 21 large US cities in the fall of 2011, with San Jose, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston having drivers more open to pure electric vehicles than other large cities. Those least interested were in Dallas Fort Worth, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Nashville.
Currently, the perceived drawbacks of pure electric vehicles outweigh the advantages in the eye of the consumers and so far sales of the Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, and Ford C-Max Energi have proven it to be a fact.
[Source: Inside Line]
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