IT'S PERSONAL: May ePoll Results
Electric car sales and leases are booming... at least relatively speaking. Dealer orders in California for electric cars like the Spark and the Fiat 500e exceed allocations by a factor of five. Hybrid car sales are also roaring right along driven by $4+ gasoline prices in many parts of America.
So, the question is, Do we really still need to be offering buyers taxpayer-underwritten incentives to help stimulate sales? That’s what we asked readers in May. Now, just 277 people responded -- not sure why so few took part, maybe it’s a visibility thing -- and their answers were not totally unexpected, though they seem extraordinarily lopsided. Of the 277, 263 replied ‘Yes.’ Only 10 indicated that incentives were no longer needed and 4 chose Don’t Know. Percentage-wise that’s 94.95% “yes” 3.61% “no” and a statistically insignificant 1.44% just weren’t sure. I was one of the 4.
My ‘over-a-couple-beers’ analysis would conclude that at least this group of EV World readers (1) think we still have a way to go before EVs become mainstream enough to no long need some form of public subsidy, and (2) they aren’t bothered by taxpayers like themselves helping foot the bill. Government determines the rules of the game and I for one have no qualms about helping to stimulate the development of technology that weans us off oil and helps America remain competitive in a highly competitive world.
NOTE: To read the rest of this edition of EV World Insider Illustrated you need to either (1) be a premium subscriber, which entitles you to both the text and the fully-illustrated version of Insider, or (2) you can purchase this edition separately for $1.39US.
To purchase this copy through PayPal, first enter your email address in the form field below, then click Preview Order
Edition Viewed 2053 Times