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To understand the explosive changes happening, driven not by Government Regulation, but buy the realities of a fixed income - whether it is fixed at $30,000 a year or fixed at $150,000 a year, you need to do some good old fashined arithmetic, and expand on that with some trend calculations.
Simple explanation: Budget for Auto = 25% of Income.
Auto includes: (1) Acquisition, (2) Operation, (3) Support, and (3) Maintenance.
Listen to the Anouncment here! (MP3)"
Consider that Car Insurance can in some cases equal the annual payment costs for a car, and that fuel costs can even exceed that, and you can see why the one thing people can hope to change is the fuel portion cost - and that by changing their vehicle choice.
There are a number of highly efficient vehicles available - but - you can not often find them to even go for a test drive! this means that Dealers do not even believe in the benefits of having such vehicles around for their own use, let alone - for demonstration to the potential buyer. There is fast approaching a tipping point in the price of fuel where more than 5% of the buyers will change their choice of vehicles based on this one point alone, and then another point where an additional 10% will change their decision, and so on. As the fuel portion of the equation accelerates, dealers will soon be caught un-able to provide for the customer, as they will not be ready with any inventory!
Below are some articles that explain points of this exposition:
|News Articles||Web Sites|
|Oli-Rich Alberta Embraces Solar Power - EDMONTON, Alberta, June 30, 2006||Environmental News Service|
|Where the Cars Run on Sugar Cane - Could America Run on Corn?||soultek.com|
|Power, Plugs and People - June 14, 2006: Toyota Warms Up to PHEVs -- Or Not||EAA-PHEV.org|
|Toyota doubling hybrid model range - Posted Jun 13th 2006||autoblog.com|
|China's Cyclists Take Charge - Electric Bicycles are selling by the Millions||soultek.com|
|MSN Money - May 7, 2004: Gas Prices Make Car Shoppers Change Their Minds||Electric Vehicles International|
|MSN News and Advice: If Less is More, can Smaller be Smarter?||Turbonator.com|
|EV World News: Two-Wheel or Not Two-Wheel?||AC Propulsion|
|EV World News: Time to Leapfrog Hybrids||ZAP World|
|EV World News: Some new Prius owners ordering cars before even driving them||GreenerCars.com|
|WWF Learning: Towards the ultimate eco-car?||hybridcars.com|
|Mercury News: Gas prices hit record in state, U.S.||eliica.com|
|EV World News: Hybrid Sales at Critical Point||drivingthefuture.com|
|EV World News: Defeating Oil||Solectria|
|EV World News: Windpower on the Verge||Electro Automotive Electric Car Conversions|
|IAGS: Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles||Homepower.com|
|EPRI: Outlook Promising for Advanced Batteries for Electric Vehicles||Feel Good Cars|
|ZAP Newsroom: Save Gas, Save Money, Buy A ZAP Electric Car||CalCars (Kudos)|
|Spectrum Online: The Smart Hybrid - DaimlerChrysler's plug-in hybrid electric Van||Car Stuff|
|EV World News: Eliica: Eight-wheeled Wonder||40mpg.org|
|CalCars: All About Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs)||Solarcogeneration.com|
|EV World News: Renault Electric Kangoo Can Do||Sustainablebusiness.com|
|EV Rental-GREEN GARAGE: Study Says Plugged-In Cars Now Have a Built-In Market|
|emagazine.com: Its Electric! Two Wheels and a Plug-In Motor|
|NBC Columbus: Demand For Popular Hybrid Cars Increase|
|Capital News: Buyers turning to fuel-efficient cars|
|Silican Valley Business Journal: Costs of electric-drive cars could near conventional cars|
|Austin Business Journal: Cap Metro plugs in to hybrid cars|
|TwinCities: A passion fueled by mileage|
|The Journal Times: Hybrid drivers may enjoy the last laugh|
|Forbes.com: Price-At-Pump Whining Gets Louder|
|Solar Access.com: Hybrid Electric Vehicle Registrations up 25.8%|
|ToledoBlade.com: Soaring gasoline prices drive interest in hybrid cars, area dealers report|
|Billings Gazzette.com: Couple revved up over new hybrid car (Honda Insight)|
|Channel 5 Oklahoma: Hybrid Cars Selling Quickly In Metro|
|DaytonaBeach News: Gas prices have consumers waiting in line for hybrids|
|Montgomery Alabama wsfa.com: Hybrid Cars Help Motorists Save on Gasoline|
|The Desert Sun: Consumers urged to trade in gas mowers for electric|
|Eau Claire: Electric Demand: Drivers Wait for Hybrids|
|Hot Hybrids: Fuel Efficient, Environmentally Friendly and No Plug Needed|
|Electrifying Transportation: Georgia Tech is helping design the electric and electric-hybrid vehicles of tomorrow|
|Toyota Expands Hybrid Lineup with Minivan|
|What If You Had to Build a Socially Responsible SUV?|
If you don't think it's good to use a Hybrid car today, under what conditions whould it make sence for you to switch from your current vehicle to the Insight, Civic, or Prius? How about the Hybrid Sierra or Silverado?
Some shortcuts - websites listing Gas Prices: www.ontariogasprices.com and www.gasbuddy.com
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