I am amazed every day what people care about when purchasing a car. i mostly sell used cars and i am simply shocked at how little people care about gas mileage, etc.
all they care about is what will happen on that trip they take 3-5 times a year. they act like any little inconvenience is enough to eliminate said vehicle from consideration while ignoring the daily cost of the fuel they will need.
purchasing a car is a major decision but i have found that people's ability to prioritize is nearly non existent
It depends on the person, but I'm not too surprised. A few months ago, I had a phone conversation w/one of my friends in the Sacramento area not long after gas prices passed $4/gal in CA. He recently bought a Honda Odyssey, also has a Honda Pilot. I believe they (the family) still has a older V6 Accord. I asked him if he noticed gas prices are a lot higher now. Shockingly (?), he said no.
My area has an INSANE # of monstrosity class (full-sized SUVs and beyond, w/a smattering of Ford Excursions and Hummer H2s) running around, almost always being driven solo or w/minimal cargo and passengers (like a single small child or two). It's clear they don't care about mileage, fuel costs, dependence on foreign oil or GHG emissions.
I hope at least some folks like DrRocket (http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?p=148471
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) have come to the realization that EVs, at least based on "fueling" costs (esp. in areas where electricity isn't so cheap), will be a tough sell in the US for quite some time. It's great that we're almost all EV advocates and enthusiasts, but there are only so many of us right now...