Auto executives told the Reuters Auto Summit in Detroit last week that a gasoline tax is best the way to boost consumer adoption of electric vehicles. The executives said that “unless gasoline is $3.50 or $4 a gallon, consumers are not going to want to buy those cars.”
The group’s comments echoed an October study from Lux Research contending that sales of battery-powered electric cars and plug-in hybrids would struggle in the next decade unless gasoline prices triple.
The summit’s automotive group took the idea a step farther, however, calling for a gasoline tax that would ensure greater interest in EVs and plug-ins. “Gradually raising taxes to the point where fuel costs $4 to $5 at the pump will do more to stimulate demand in next-generation vehicles like general Motors’ forthcoming Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid than any other policy initiatives,” including the government’s $25 billion loan program meant to spark innovation, a Reuters story said.
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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