31 Oct '12, 4pm

Fleets and consumers now see practical alternative-fuel vehicle options

Fleets and consumers now see practical alternative-fuel vehicle options

Automakers and fans of alternative fuel vehicles have been waiting for years for consumers to start rolling off dealer lots driving green cars. It is slowly starting to happen, with the number of vehicles that don't run exclusively on standard gasoline nearly doubling from 534,000 on US roads in 2003 to almost 940,000 in 2010, according to US Energy Information Administration. The number have only risen since then, and are expected to increase in the coming years – Pike Research is forecasting sales of hybrid and electric vehicles to nearly triple by 2017 when federal mandates for higher fuel economy vehicles take hold. While wealthy consumers have been hanging out at Tesla Motors showrooms to consider buying the expensive Model S , some fleet managers are becoming more interested in buying alternative power vehicles as well. The environmental benefits are there, but the e...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2012/10/31/fleets-and-consumers...

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