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.SUV sales continue to boom, however.
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.