With all of the green car ideas floating around the Geneva Motor Show, one has to wonder: how much will people dig into buying these, especially the electric vehicles? A recent research report from SBI Energy suggests it could be sooner than thought as sales of electric cars last year show great promise for the future.
SBI Energy estimates that globally around 700,000 electric vehicles sold in 2009, led greatly by hybrid electric cars. How much exactly? It was calculated “that sales of hybrids accounted for 99% of all electric vehicle sales.” While this doesn’t necessarily translate into stellar numbers for pure electric car sales, it still shows a growing number of consumers are developing interest in greener forms of personal transportation. Japan led 2009 hybrid electric sales, accounting for almost half, while the United States came in second.
These sales numbers in Japan and the United States don’t necessarily tell the tale at face value of motivations for buying green cars. SBI Energy said, in analyzing the data, it believed that buying “a hybrid in the U.S. is still very much about making a statement concerning oil use and environmental conservationism. In Japan, however, environmental sentiment along with a personal sense of responsibility to do something about environmental issues is much more pervasive.”