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Consumers choose fuel efficient normal vehicles over EVs and hybrids

Despite the fact that gas prices are at record levels in many parts of the country, the sales of electric vehicles are still falling. Many consumers are staying away from electric vehicles due to the relatively high cost of entry and range anxiety (in the case of the Nissan Leaf).
Two of the most popular electric vehicles in the country are the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf. The Volt isn't a traditional electric vehicle; rather it's an extended range hybrid that runs on battery power and features a generator to recharge the battery for extended driving. GM says that in the month of April 2012 1,462 Volts were sold, which represents 200% increase from April of 2011 when 493 were sold.
April was the second best month for retail sales of Volt cars since it launched in 2010. Interestingly, the good month for Volt sales comes not long after GM suspended production of the car due to soft demand.

Chevrolet Volt sales are up.
While sales of the Volt were up, the Nissan Leaf saw sales fall 35% with only 370 units sold. Nissan hopes to sell 20,000 Leaf EVs this year, and will have to sell over 2200 monthly to meet that goal.
While electric vehicle sales are down, Ford has a booming business with its fuel-efficient EcoBoost-powered vehicles. Ford has announced that it has started a third shift at the Cleveland plant that builds EcoBoost engines.
The addition of a third shift to the engine building plant will add 250 jobs. However, most of those positions will be filled by employees that are transferring from a different Cleveland engine plant that will be placed on idle later this week.

The 2013 Ford Fusion will offer two EcoBoost four-cylinder engine options.
"Our engine plant in Cleveland is the first and only facility in North America to produce EcoBoost engines, and we are tripling production capacity to meet customers' growing needs for fuel-efficient engines," said Ford Americas President Mark Fields during a celebration with employees at the plant Tuesday. "EcoBoost engines are a key part of our plan to give customers the power of choice — from EcoBoost-powered vehicles and hybrids, to plug-in hybrids and full electrics."
Ford's EcoBoost engine has found its way the under the hood of everything from full-sized trucks to small economy vehicles. EcoBoost engines use a smaller displacement engine with turbochargers for increased power and fuel efficiency. 

Sources: Detroit News, Detroit News

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RE: Makes perfect sense
By Determinanto on 5/2/2012 2:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
Your math is incorrect.

When you compare 2L/100KM and 4L/100KM vs 8L/100KM and 10L/100KM, you are comparing the difference which is identical.

When you compare 10MPG and 20MPG vs 30MPG and 60MPG, you are comparing the ratio (not the difference!). So yes these numbers have the same ratio but the difference is different (no pun intended).

You have succeeded in confusing yourself with a neat looking graph. To convince yourself that what I am saying is correct, you can convert all the numbers to L/100KM and do your comparisons again.

RE: Makes perfect sense
By Church of Dirac on 5/2/2012 2:50:47 PM , Rating: 2
Gah! You're right, good catch. I blame it on lack of coffee. In any case, it gets the point across even more, given that at the same difference in consumption, the step from 10MPG to 11MPG is close to the same difference as the jump from 50MPG to 100MPG.

RE: Makes perfect sense
By Just Tom on 5/5/2012 12:31:36 PM , Rating: 2
Gah! You're right, good catch. I blame it on lack of coffee. In any case, it gets the point across even more, given that at the same difference in consumption, the step from 10MPG to 11MPG is close to the same difference as the jump from 50MPG to 100MPG.

Have another cup of coffee.

The gain incurred going from 10MPG to 11MPG is 10%, either 10% further distance travelled per unit of gasoline. The gain with going from 50MPG to 100MPG is 100%. How are they close to the same distance?

Your problem is you seem to forget that MPG and L/100KM measure the same thing/i>. I am going to use Gallons/100 Miles to avoid conversion messiness.

Here is the equation for MPG: MPG = miles traveled/gallons used.

And the equation for G/100M: G/100M = (Gallons used/miles traveled)*100 per 100 miles

The equation for G/100M is also: (1/MPG)*100 per 100 miles

MPG makes determing cost per trip and distance till empty easier than L/100KM, although both are fairly trivial.

Equation for cost per trip (MPG measure): cost = price per gallon*distance of trip/MPG

Equation for cost per trip (L/100KM measure):cost = price per litre * distance of trip * L/100KM)

Equation for distance till empty (MPG Measure): distance = MPG * gallons left in tank.

Equation for distance till empty (L/100KM Measure): distance = litres left in tank * (1/L/100KM))

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