This is an interesting concept for someone who had a brief ‘flirt’ with hybrid cars!
I was initially convinced that they were the answer to my motoring needs, but quickly learnt that the current crop are deeply flawed! So the findings of a study by Auto Lease make very interesting (but possibly not convincing) reading!
The study found that just 5% of drivers questioned think petrol-powered options would outsell other fuel types in 10 years’ time.
It also confirmed that Diesel has already overtaken petrol as the fuel of choice in the fleet sector, which is renowned for being an early adopter of new vehicle technologies.
So are we witnessing a shift in the market, or is this just the current ‘fad’ in fleet motoring? A fleet shift to hybrids and electrics on this scale would have a massive impact on their availability on the second-hand market. Autolease has a fleet of more than 300,000 vehicles alone. However I don’t believe that this is the full story by any means.
The manufacturers are pushing this form of technology because it suites them. Mercedes for example have predicted that petrol or diesel cars will have all but disappeared by 2050 – you don’t need to be a genius for this one as fuel reserves will be beginning to tail off by then, so fuel costs will be sky-high!
The new ‘electric’ cars are a start, but hybrids as they currently stand are not going to appeal to the non fleet market – they are too costly to buy and more crucially the long-term costs in terms of age issues (failing batteries etc) are far from clear – and they are not as nice to drive!
So yes we will all be driving different things in 10 – 20 years time, but they will be very different from today’s hybrids – I hope!