Study shows owners of Hybrid/electric vehicles aren’t satisfied with fuel economy

Friday 31st, August 2012 / 08:53
Study shows owners of Hybrid/electric vehicles aren’t satisfied with fuel economy

One of the biggest selling points for hybrid vehicles is that their cost will off-set what you pay at the pump. And within a few years, that extra cost will pay for itself in gas savings.

However, auto123.com reports on the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2012 Japan Sales Satisfaction Index, saying that 29% of hybrid vehicle/electric vehicle buyers indicate that their fuel economy is lower than expected; however, 48% said the vehicle’s fuel efficiency is what helped them decide on purchasing the vehicle.

Taku Kimoto, executive director of the automotive division at J.D. Power Asia Pacific, said in the story that automakers and dealers need to carefully manage buyer expectations regarding fuel efficiency from their new HV or EV, which may vary greatly depending on driving conditions.

Photo Credit: HybridsForSale.com

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