11 Jul '11, 10am

Hybrids beat electric cars as top consumer choice: Hybrid cars are the preferred alternative fuel vehicle accord...

Hybrid cars are the preferred alternative fuel vehicle according to a new consumer study by the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI). The study compared consumer preference for four different alternative fuel vehicle types; hybrid (HEVs), electric (EV), natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. While ordinary gasoline vehicles were by a long way still the favourite with consumers, hybrids were found to be the most popular choice alternative choice. While overall, there was strong interest in all types of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), sadly EVs attracted the least interest, ranked last by 40 per cent of the respondents. According to the institute’s report published today, this is most likely because consumers are still concerned by driving range and recharging times. To attract customers, AFVs need to be cost effective too, with researchers finding that every ...

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