Well today I had a bit of a shock from the misses....(keep those dirty thoughts out of your heads, boys...It was automobile related).
Background. My wife drives a 1999 Toyota Camry that she loves, but A) she wants a new car that will be better for taking the dogs on trips and such and B) she wants better gas mileage.
So for some time she has been wanting a small SUV, but in a hybrid. She has be lamenting that neither the Toyota RAV4 nor Honda CRV is a hybrid. She was looking at the Ford Escape and all the new 2013 SUVs coming out that get better mileage than her Camry (Ford Escape, Honda CRV, Mazda CX5 and Mits Outlander Sport)...but she really wanted a hybrid that got closer to 40 mpg or better. The Prius V intrigued her until she saw it...she dislikes station wagons.
I had, a few months ago, tried to push her toward a plug-in hybrid as we have all that nice solar on the roof and she has a daily commute of less than 10 miles (she does need a car as she is a school nurse and covers two schools...she did bicycle a few times, but it was not doable on a consistent basis). But she didn't like the increased price, nor the very very few models available--and non in SUVish form.
So this morning I mentioned that the Mazda CX5 would be at the local dealerships at the end of this month and she should take it for a test drive.
She said, "No, I want to get a plug-in." I was like, HUH? She said, "Yeah, gas prices are just going to explode and I think I could probably use almost no gas if I get a plug-in."
If my wife went from, I want a Hybrid to I want a plug in hybrid, well I think the average person is going to go from I want gas to I want a Hybrid.
Soon almost every car will be at least a hybrid. It will become the norm and expected. With the "greener" people then going plug in...and the greenest people going BEV.
So now my wife is waiting to check out the Ford CMax later this spring (I hope) and if she can stomach the borderline station wagon look, she will get one. If not, she is waiting on the Mits Outlander plugin coming next spring.
She is still confused and pissed that neither the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 nor Honda CRV come in a plug in as those are the three she is most interested in...heck even the Escape is no longer coming in hybrid form with the 2013 reboot...
But I think we will shortly see everything other than muscle cars come in hybrid form.