“The markets for PHEVs and EVs…will remain small unless oil prices skyrocket,” the report says. It goes on to predict that even at oil prices $200 per barrel, only about 4% of the vehicles sold worldwide will be PHEVs or EVs.
The report also concludes that government subsidies will figure prominently in the adoption of PHEVs and EVs and lithium-ion battery technology will be a clear winner, no matter the oil scenario.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
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