#Greenfail: Hybrid-Car Owners Learning Life’s Lessons

Russ Steele

Many hybrid-car owners buy once — but not again, Polk study says

Details HERE.

While the choice of fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles for sale in the U.S. continues to grow, more buyers than not are deciding against the technology when they go to buy another car.

Only 35% of hybrid vehicle owners chose to purchase a hybrid again when they returned to the market in 2011, according to auto information company R.L. Polk & Co.

If you factor out the super-loyal Toyota Prius buyers, the repurchase rate drops to under 25%.

It should be noted that some California buyer double down on stupid and buy an all electric vehicle.  It is hard for some people to learn life’s lessons.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

4 Responses to #Greenfail: Hybrid-Car Owners Learning Life’s Lessons

  1. sean2829 says:

    Perhaps the real value ultimate eco vehicle is the ability to drive the HOV lanes. It’s apparently worth an extra $5K on the price if it qualifies. Many of the hybrid no longer qualify but the new plug in electrics and all electrics do. So the original hybrid buyers may have just moved on to stay abreast of the privledges.

    But think about it, eco zeolots refuse to adequately build out roads to meet traffic demand, but give out monetary credits to buy the uber-eco cars and then give out special driving privleges in the HOV lanes for green fanatics that drive them. Those folks know how to take care of themselves.

  2. Michael Anderson says:

    I believe hybrids such as the Prius can no longer use the HOV lanes, at least on the I-80 corridor, if they are a single driver.

    One class of vehicle w/ a single driver is still allowed to use the HOV lanes–retrofitted CNG passenger cars.

    I have a software developer friend in Nevada County who commutes a couple of times a week to his startup in San Francisco in a glorious 1998 Ford Crown Victoria that’s been converted to CNG. He gets about 20 MPG and CNG currently costs between $2.10 and $2.40 per gallon, depending on the filling station.

    He gets to whizz on past all those poor Prius slobs stuck with the rest of the traffic. What could be sweeter?

    • D. King says:

      “glorious 1998 Ford Crown Victoria”

      “He gets to whizz on past all those poor Prius slobs stuck with the rest of the traffic. What could be sweeter?”

      He should toot the fog horn on that boat as he navigates it by them. 🙂

      [audio src="http://www.sanpedro.com/sounds/foghorn6.wav" /]

    • sean2829 says:

      Natural gas, a low cost solution that makes sense and pays no road taxes. I’m sure the zeolots will be sure to have this fixed.

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