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Poll: Only 6% Willing To Buy Hybrid/Energy-Efficient Car To Save On Gas Cost
CNSNews.com ^ | March 14, 2012 | Susan Jones

Posted on 03/14/2012 10:18:37 AM PDT by CNSNews.com

(CNSNews.com) - A new survey shows that rising gasoline prices will force changes in the driving habits of American adults, but only six percent of them said they plan to buy a hybrid/energy-efficient vehicle to alleviate pain at the pump.

The online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CouponCabin from March 6-8, found that 3 in 4 adults in this country said they are changing their driving habits:

-- 61 percent plan to drive less overall to save money

-- 9 percent plan to carpool

-- 8 percent plan to use public transportation

-- 6 percent plan to buy a hybrid/energy efficient vehicle

Other findings:

More than one-third (36 percent) of adults said they may have to give up something to afford to drive a vehicle.

-- 70 percent said they would dine out less often

-- 64 percent said they'll spend less money on entertainment (concerts, movies, etc.)

-- 37 percent plan to postpone seasonal clothing shopping

-- 22 percent said they'll cancel online or other subscriptions

-- 15 percent plan to cancel cable, satellite or other TV services

-- 12 percent said they'll reduce cell phone usage

-- 5 percent said they'll cancel Internet service

-- (16 percent said "other")

"For many Americans who are just getting back on their feet, rising gas prices can be a tough financial hurdle," said Jackie Warrick, chief savings officer at CouponCabin.com, which describes itself as a leading online destination for coupons.

The survey, based on the responses of 2,254 adults, reflects the current low demand for electric hybrid vehicles.

General Motors halted production of its Chevy Volt on March 19 for five weeks because of rising inventories. The car, which costs around $40,000, just isn't selling, even though President Obama said he will buy one when he leaves off.

Ford, meanwhile, is now rolling out its all-electric Focus. "We have a limited production run for 2012 and will be increasing production in future model years," the Ford website says.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012polls; chevyvolt; drillheredrillnow; economy; energy; fail; gasprices; greenfraud; hybrids; obama; thegreenlie

1 posted on 03/14/2012 10:18:42 AM PDT by CNSNews.com
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To: CNSNews.com

Can’t afford one anyway.


2 posted on 03/14/2012 10:24:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: CNSNews.com
"General Motors halted production of its Chevy Volt on March 19 for five weeks because of rising inventories."

"General Motors halted production of its Chevy Volt on March 19 for five weeks because of rising inventories dangerous engine fires and that it's a POS."

Fixed it.

3 posted on 03/14/2012 10:26:46 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry Obummer and another 4yrs of Hell, anyday!)
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I would love a small hybrid to buy.

But only if it was a diesel/electric hybrid.


4 posted on 03/14/2012 10:38:19 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: CNSNews.com

My wife is driving her second hybrid (2011 Ford Escape) and loves it. Mileage is in the high 30 mpg range driving in traffic and about 32 mpg on the road. However, there are lots of non hybrid cars that get 30mpg+ mileage for less money. Neither of us would consider buying a car that gets less than 30 mpg.


5 posted on 03/14/2012 10:41:04 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: CNSNews.com

Interesting to see what people would be willing to give up to continue to afford to drive a car. Interesting to consider the overall impact on the economy of such choices on a large scale.

Energy Sec. Stevie Chu is backing down on his desire to see gas rocket up to European levels (into $5 - $6/gallon). This Phd shouldn’t need advanced understanding of economics to understand the impact of higher gas prices. He minimally should be able to comprehend how insulting such a statement is for those of us who use their cars for such luxuries as: going to work, getting groceries, and (gulp) taking the kids to school. How about this asshat just pack his crap and go? Hoping that his marxist boss will be similarly unemployed (effectively voted failure-in-chief) after the November elections.


6 posted on 03/14/2012 10:43:48 AM PDT by Made In The USA (This post may be recorded for quality purposes.)
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To: CNSNews.com

75% of Americans feel it is utterly INSANE to not harvest our own prodigious domestic energy reserves, thus making the “cost of gasoline” a non-argument for centuries.


7 posted on 03/14/2012 10:45:48 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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That’s because we’d have to buy either a ....

* Prius, the signal car of the Looney Left
* Volt, better known as the re-Volt-ing 0bama0-mobile
* Or a Honda Infiniti, beyond the reach of most families with kids.


8 posted on 03/14/2012 10:48:51 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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I don’t buy new cars.
Ever. Its a waste.
If one were in my price range used, I could go for a compressed nitrogen hybrid.


9 posted on 03/14/2012 10:50:25 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: carriage_hill

LOL!!


10 posted on 03/14/2012 10:51:27 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: EyeGuy

NAILED it!


11 posted on 03/14/2012 10:52:37 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: CNSNews.com

That’s because when people change habits for financial reasons (ie they have less money), most people then do not go out and buy a freaking expensive hybrid vehicle. Kind of defeats the purpose of saving money.

Press is clueless.


12 posted on 03/14/2012 10:55:47 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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I never understood the point of a "Hybrid" car. You pay a ton of extra money to get a partially electric powered car and then you STILL have to buy gasoline anyway because it runs on both. What a waste of time and money. If I WAS going to spend a ton of money buying a car with an alternate fuel source, I might as well go with 100% electric. Why would ANYONE bother with a "Hybrid"?
13 posted on 03/14/2012 10:59:06 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: The Great RJ

I like the escape hybrid except for the fact you cannot tow anything with it. At least Ford tells you not to tow anything with it.


14 posted on 03/14/2012 11:00:50 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: cripplecreek

Seriously. “Gee, I’m paying $20 a week more for gas, guess I’d better go take on a $400 car payment for six years.”

Although, ironically, we did that a couple months ago. We bought a 2010 Mazda 5 (a small station wagon/minivan fusion) partially because of gas prices, but more because my old truck, our only working vehicle, had topped 190,000 miles and is on its last legs. So now while we do have a car payment, we have a car that is safe to take on occasional long trips for my wife’s business without the constant fear of breakdowns, and that gets around 24 mpg around town instead of the 11-12 of my big old Ram. And we use the car enough that we are actually saving enough in fuel consumption (at the $3.80 a gallon level around here) to more than pay for the increased insurance of the second car. So we think it was worth taking on a $280ish monthly payment.

}:-)4


15 posted on 03/14/2012 11:08:26 AM PDT by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: BillyBoy
See, I have EXACTLY the opposite pov. A fully electric car (at this point in time) does not have the "range" that most people need in their lives. So, why buy a battery car that you have to plug in so you can go 30-40 miles when you can buy a hybrid that has a battery that has a longer range, and you don't have to worry about getting stuck on the side of the road, because if the battery runs out, you have a gas engine back-up.

At least that is how I look at it.

16 posted on 03/14/2012 11:08:48 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: CNSNews.com
After years of not riding one, I finally bought another motorcycle. 65+(and if I lose weight even more)miles per gallon suits me to a tee and it didn't cost 47,000 dollars either. I am lucky to live in a state where the climate is not bad and can ride many days in the winter and if I feel like putting on a rain suit, I can ride all the time. Some serious riders do. I am not quite that serious yet:) Although if gas gets much Higher I might get to be that serious.

There is no way I would ever buy a frickin' hybrid car, especially one as costly as the Volt.

17 posted on 03/14/2012 11:18:03 AM PDT by calex59
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To: MrEdd

“I don’t buy new cars.
Ever. Its a waste.”

####

What about if you hold onto them for 10-15 years like we do?

I haven’t done the math, but that has always seemed the most cost efficient way to go. Yes, I’m aware of the 1-3 year old vehicles you can get at a deep discount from their original sticker, but I have always figured the market is pricing those appropriately. There is no free lunch.

Thanks for you thoughts.


18 posted on 03/14/2012 11:18:37 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: CNSNews.com

you know it’s obvious when abc news shows how it can take 16 YEARS for the average hybrid to break even with the cost of the same model gas engine. and even this doesn’t include maintenance.
kinda like spending six thousand dollars for a furnace to go from 80-90 percent efficiency.
or buying solar panels with a 40 year payback cycle, and a 30 year lifespan.


19 posted on 03/14/2012 11:21:41 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: LibertarianLiz
So, why buy a battery car that you have to plug in so you can go 30-40 miles when you can buy a hybrid that has a battery that has a longer range, and you don't have to worry about getting stuck on the side of the road, because if the battery runs out, you have a gas engine back-up.

Here's the way I look at it: Why buy either an all electric or a hybrid when there are internal combustion engined cars that get as good, and some even better, mileage then a hybrid. If we didn't have such insane rules against diesels we could have many models built here that top 45 miles per gallon and no charging or limits on the range. Hybrids are a stupid idea because the technology doesn't exist to built an effective electric or hybrid and having to switch over to gas after just a few paltry miles distance with gas mileage no better, or worse, than many internal combustion cars is just idiotic.

20 posted on 03/14/2012 11:26:30 AM PDT by calex59
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To: CNSNews.com

if someone called CouponCabin.com could figure this out, why couldn’t the Market Research Department at GM?


21 posted on 03/14/2012 11:43:14 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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This is what I want:

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2013-ford-mustang-shelby-gt500-official-photos-and-info-news


22 posted on 03/14/2012 11:45:45 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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I drive more conservatively, slow on the accelerator, never over the speed limit, using cruise control on level ground only as it will over rev the engine climbing, no full throttle passing.

I drive a 496 cubic inch gas engine in a Silverado dually.

I drive it everyday and I will continue to do so, I refuse to be forced out of my beloved dually. I just make plans to make more money to pay for it.


23 posted on 03/14/2012 11:53:15 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: The Great RJ

My 1999 olds cutlass (traded last summer) got 32-34 mpg on the highway.


24 posted on 03/14/2012 12:07:10 PM PDT by NEMDF
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I have my calendar marked for the end of April to verify whether or not reVOLTing production has resumed. I have a private bet with myself that it won’t.


25 posted on 03/14/2012 12:07:52 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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I bought my last new car in 2004 - gets 25 mpg. Runs fine. No car payment, very low insurance rates. Why in heaven’s name would I give that up to get another 5 mpg? I can buy a whole lot of gas even at today’s prices and still have money left over. Doesn’t anybody ever do the math?


26 posted on 03/14/2012 12:55:48 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: calex59
Good points. I also have a problem with plug in electrics in that the infrastructure for such vehicles just isn't there yet. (Although, hubby and I were at Sears last Sunday purchasing a new mower, and when we drove around to the pick-up area, we passed a row of electric vehicle plug in stations.)

I just traded in my V6 2001 Ford Escape for a 2011 Toyota Rav4. I've been driving it for 2 weeks and just yesterday got slightly below the 1/4 tank mark. It has a 4 cyl engine vs. the V6 of the 2001 Escape; but, the engines have been so improved over that time that I feel like I can't sense much of a difference in the way the engine performs, and the 4 takes a hill just fine. So, I have improved my gas mileage simply by buying a new car that has a much better designed engine in terms of the amount of gas it drinks.

27 posted on 03/14/2012 1:32:43 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: CNSNews.com

More than one-third (36 percent) of adults said they may have to give up something to afford to drive a vehicle.

— 70 percent said they would dine out less often

— 64 percent said they’ll spend less money on entertainment (concerts, movies, etc.)

— 37 percent plan to postpone seasonal clothing shopping

— 22 percent said they’ll cancel online or other subscriptions

— 15 percent plan to cancel cable, satellite or other TV services

— 12 percent said they’ll reduce cell phone usage

— 5 percent said they’ll cancel Internet service

MORE JOB LOSSES


28 posted on 03/14/2012 1:41:39 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: cripplecreek

Assuming a 40K cost on the car, and $200 month savings on gasoline it would take 16.6 years to recover the costs.

However you won’t be saving any money at the pump,because you will just be transferring the cost to your home electric bill.


29 posted on 03/14/2012 1:43:56 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Elderberry

Diesel fuel costs more, and the engine will be a lot more expensive. The reason you don’t see diesel hybrid cars is that the payback is far too long.


30 posted on 03/14/2012 1:46:08 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Eye of Unk
496 cubic inch gas engine in a Silverado dually.

I hope you like your tranny, I spent 8 yrs on the development team.

31 posted on 03/14/2012 1:48:56 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

Someday they’ll offer diesel-electric cars and trucks (like train locomotives).


32 posted on 03/14/2012 1:51:31 PM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: GourmetDan

They do have diesel electric hybrid trucks and buses now.
I worked on them before I retired.

But you need a direct drive transmission for cruising.
The edrive is too inefficient.

The only reason trains don’t have mechanical coupling is because it’s too complex with all the drive wheels.

Study mining haul trucks as a comparison. Mechanical drive has obsoleted electric drive all the way up to 300 ton rigs.


33 posted on 03/14/2012 1:54:26 PM PDT by nascarnation
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I on the other hand, would gladly pay $10/gallon if it meant that raghead, Mecca-praying, Muslim poser illegal President would lose come November. GLADLY!


34 posted on 03/14/2012 1:58:30 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: EyeGuy

I buy a car that is at least 8 years old - that will make it be dirt cheap to insure. about 120,000 miles keeps the price down, no wrecks, a model with proven engine life, and a record of regular oil changes and maintenance.

I generally pay $3,000 to $6,000 for a vehicle, insure them for about $400/year and get six or seven years out of them. Usually with maybe shocks and struts or maybe the odd water pump or alternator to buy.

Mostly I stick with Hondas or Toyotas, though in the early 90s Saturns were still good.


35 posted on 03/14/2012 2:32:34 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

If the environazis get their way, you won’t be buying old cars anymore.


36 posted on 03/14/2012 3:03:25 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: MrEdd

Can’t beat that.

That is an excellent and wise strategy.

It is a shame you can’t count on American brands for the same legendary reliability as the Japanese manufactuers.


37 posted on 03/14/2012 3:07:16 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: BillyBoy
I never understood the point of a "Hybrid" car. You pay a ton of extra money to get a partially electric powered car and then you STILL have to buy gasoline anyway because it runs on both. What a waste of time and money. If I WAS going to spend a ton of money buying a car with an alternate fuel source, I might as well go with 100% electric. Why would ANYONE bother with a "Hybrid"?
See, I have EXACTLY the opposite pov. A fully electric car (at this point in time) does not have the "range" that most people need in their lives. So, why buy a battery car that you have to plug in so you can go 30-40 miles when you can buy a hybrid that has a battery that has a longer range, and you don't have to worry about getting stuck on the side of the road, because if the battery runs out, you have a gas engine back-up. At least that is how I look at it.

16 posted on March 14, 2012 2:08:48 PM EDT by LibertarianLiz

You are much more right than wrong.
I would love a small hybrid to buy.

But only if it was a diesel/electric hybrid.

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Exactly; you need an internal combustion engine to get any kind of range for your vehicle, and if you are going to have the electric part of the hybrid, then the I.C. engine part of the hybrid might as well be selected for efficiency without regard to drivability concerns which the electric part of the hybrid is so well suited to handle.

But there is a third, and even a fourth, option: compressed natural gas fuel with gasoline backup for extended (read, normal range capability.

The fourth option would be very expensive in capital cost, whereas probably the third option would be the most economical, when fuel cost and capital cost of the vehicle are all considered.

38 posted on 03/14/2012 4:50:52 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: nascarnation

I love that Allison! The best tranny I have ever seen.


39 posted on 03/14/2012 6:58:36 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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