Monday, May 23, 2011

Hybrids unpopular

What with everyone other than ignorant, die-hard climate change deniers fretting over their carbon footprint, the popularity of hybrid vehicles has skyrocketed, right? Wrong.
Ten years after the petrol-electric vehicles made it on to the Australian market, sales continue to languish. Soaring petrol prices have had no discernible impact on take-up.

For the year to the end of April, there have been 322,678 sales nationwide, of which 2594 - just 0.8 per cent - were for hybrids.

Only about a quarter of those were bought privately, the rest going to government bodies and commercial fleets.
SUV sales continue to boom, however.


Anonymous Chistery said...

Progressives, what with their moral authority and all, demand action on climate change. But also being socialists, they demand the collective (read 'others') pay for it. They don't like the sound of 'direct action' on climate change. Tax and subsidises are terms more comfortable to them.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

er... subsidies.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A mate was at th F1 GP in Melbourne in MArch, during the Friday session, after the F1 practice and before the V8s .. they had a celebrity race in Prius hybrids .. the stands emptied.

Hey, what's the sound of a Prius roaring past ..?


Yep, cool huh,what to hear it again


I'm in Germany, you never see the Prius in the left hand lane of the autobahn, unless it's been run over .. roadkill.

2:50 AM  

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