Electricity Tops Public Opinion Of Propulsion Source Which Could Replace Gasoline

OCT 9 2016 BY MARK KANE 17

According to the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, a public opinion survey taken from June 2016 sees electricity as the most probable solution to replace gasoline.

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Nissan LEAF chargingAccording to the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, a public opinion survey taken from June 2016 sees electricity as the most probable solution to replace gasoline.

43% respondents stated they believed that electricity was the best alternative to replace petrol – much more than in the case of natural gas (24%), hydrogen (15%), or ethanol (13%).

Interestingly, electricity also has the lowest negative publicity (just 16% said it’s the worst alternative).

Consider a future date when gasoline is no longer available. Which of the following do you think would be the BEST fuel for use in personal vehicles? Would you say natural gas, electricity, ethanol, or hydrogen?

Electricity was chosen by 43% of the respondents as the best fuel for use in personal vehicles, while natural gas was chosen by 24%. Hydrogen and ethanol were each chosen by 15% of respondents or less. The same respondents were also given those four fuel choices and asked which they felt would be the worst fuel for use in personal vehicles when gasoline is no longer available. Natural gas and ethanol were both chosen by 26% of survey respondents as being the worst fuel to replace gasoline. During the survey, answer categories were rotated to prevent respondent bias.”

Best and Worst Fuel to Replace Gasoline in Personal Vehicles When Gasoline Is No Longer Available, June 2016 Survey (source: energy.gov)

Best and Worst Fuel to Replace Gasoline in Personal Vehicles When Gasoline Is No Longer Available, June 2016 Survey (source: energy.gov)

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So an American public opinion survey and you use the Outlander slap in the face PHEV as the main picture? Sounds about right.

Don’t you think describing Mitsubishi’s decision not to sell the PHEV in the US as a “slap in the face” is a bit harsh?

The US market is cut throat and unforgiving. Bringing innovative products to market here is risky. If you make a mistake, you may sink your brand for a generation.

Seems better to take risks in other markets first.

It’s disturbing that electricity was favored over frackogen by only about a 3-to-1 margin.

Big Oil’s pro-hydrogen propaganda has clearly made a lot of inroads in swaying public opinion in a manner sharply contrary to science and facts. We EV advocates need to try harder to get the facts and the truth about “fool cell” cars out there!

The reference point for non-EV drivers is going to filling station every so often. Unless one’s driven EV, it’s almost impossible to know the convenience of EV, no matter how much you read about it.

If you’re going to filling station every day or sometimes twice a day and spending hours as imagined by non-EV folks about EV, it’s a surprise that as many voted for electric as they have. I suspect Tesla “hype” has changed lots of minds.

Big Oil keeps a fairly firm grip. When natural gas is not only one of the options but gets voted for then you know that something is seriously wrong.

What public opinion polls show does not bother me that much, because I figure in general, most respondents are dumber than a box of rocks. Eventually though the superiority of the ev will seep into their consciousness and they will become aware.

“I figure in general, most respondents are dumber than a box of rocks.”

Yes, just look at the number of Trump supporters.

Why are you insulting box of rocks?

This. I have never seen nor heard of even one single rock which has declared support for “The Donald”.

Yes, the alternate choice, a professional lier who has sold her soul to the money brokers, is the way to go.

That describes Trump to a T.

Who’s the alternative?

Interesting outcome is that natural gas is seen as 2nd best alternative but tied for first as worst alternative.

Wonder how much of the 15% support for hydrogen will remain once people realize that fuel cost of a car like Toyota Mirai is equivalent to driving a Prius On $10/gallon gasoline?

Mass market adoption is only possible at a mass market price point. Hydrogen still has a long way to go in that regard, an uphill battle really with the laws of physics working against it while battery improvement is quickly eliminating what little advantage in terms of range and time spend on refueling hydrogen once (appeared to have) had.

The best way to convert people to PEV (Plug-in EV) drivers is to give them a test drive.

Seems to me the best way to convince people of the utter impracticality of “fool cell” cars would be to loan them one which is just about out of fuel, and let them deal with the hassle of trying to find a fueling station which is (a) open to the public, (b) doesn’t have a waiting line, and (c) is not limiting customers to half a tank.

Plus, actually make them pay a non-subsidized price for the hydrogen.

Bad results for ethanol. Actually ethanol is excellent fuel to replace 10 percent of gas, if 90 percent is replaced by electricity.

+1

It might be overlooked, but an i3 Rex-like car with a range extender running on ethanol might be a good alternative to packing more and more batteries in a long range car. The only drawback is the added system complexity and maintenance a phev has (for now).

I think it’s pretty easy to explain these results.

People see electric cars all over the place now. Nobody sees any of the alternatives save Ethanol, and Ethanol’s place as an alternative is pretty dubious anyway.

So it’s becoming increasingly clear that people would love to choose electric if they could afford the initial sticker price.