|2012 Prius. Photo courtesy of Toyota.|
I remember when the Prius started to really become popular. At the time I worked in an office in the tech industry. Despite being surrounded by people who were at least fairly tech-savvy, most of them would go on and on about how horrible and impractical the Prius was. Looking back, I think the attitude was mostly fueled by the healthy diet of Fox News my coworkers took in.
They knew I am a big car guy, so I would be asked all the time if I thought that hybrid powertrains were "bunk" or not. Most would be upset when I would just say that it was an early technology that needed to be worked out more, but that I thought it held real promise. Years later, I've been vindicated in my position as hybrid powertrains have become more pervasive. You can even get a hybrid Porsche supercar, the 918 Spyder, which will spank just about any street legal vehicle sideways.
|2015 Porsche 918 Spyder. Photo courtesy of Porsche.|
According to the Green Car Reports post, the University of Michigan found that 46 percent of people who don't own a hybrid vehicle wouldn't even consider buying one, no matter what. In the past, I admit that I haven't owned a hybrid yet, but that's been a matter of cost and lack of availability. I don't commute to an office everyday and I need a bigger, three-row vehicle that can fit tall people, which pretty much means I have zero affordable options right now. That looks to be changing, and I am all for getting a vehicle that works for me and can achieve 40 mpg on the highway.
Why aren't other people jumping up and down about the prospect of an affordable hybrid that will save them money on gas? I suspect it has a lot to do with politics and other irrational things. Funny enough, I'll bet a lot of those people will purchase a car with a smaller, turbocharged engine that puts out just as much power as a larger V-6 or V-8. They might not even complain about the forced induction setup, but a hybrid is just pure evil.
Does that make sense? No, but then again human nature can be a weird, irrational thing.