Consumers More Interested in Plug-in Hybrids Than Electric Vehicles: Study

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Ivan Bendicak Ivan Bendicak on Jan 05, 2013

    This is a absolutely big Lay !!! Consumer want ful electric cars !!! Nobody want complicated hybrid pendant from oil !!! This is a voice of oil Lobby !!! This is not voice of consumers !!!