What do we Americans want? Individuals shopping for, longing for greener transport. Where the h--- is it?

What do we Americans want? Individuals shopping for, longing for greener transport. Where the h--- is it?

Summary: Americans are saying they want more economical and environmentally friendly fuel, and they're backing that up with action. Two separate looks at American drivers found that many are saying and doing things that actually make sense, and that could be very good for green tech companies working on alternative energy or low emission autos.

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Americans are saying they want more economical and environmentally friendly fuel, and they're backing that up with action. Two separate looks at American drivers found that many are saying and doing things that actually make sense, and that could be very good for green tech companies working on alternative energy or low emission autos.

A survey--what do Americans think is the most crucial place for investments in the next ten years? Not cancer, not cleaner water, not more space exploration, not better guns or butter, not even better tasting beer and pizza. #1 priority for 37% of those polled: more auto fuel efficiency and development of alternative fuels. Another 14% said envornmental protection was most important. Combined that's just over half. #2 was medical research, including cancer, at 30% There's fertile ground for anybody coming out with cheaper or more efficient energy sources. Cleaner running cars. Americans are ready to buy.

The attitude survey was commissioned by the Fairfax County (VA) Economic Development Authority, one of the leading economic development organizations in the US.

An analysis of American car buying in recent months shows we're already tending toward cheaper, smaller, higher mileage vehicles. People with small cars are no longer trading up as the auto industry has long expected. They're sticking with the little cars that burn less gas. Enough with the Hummers already? The death of the eight-cylinder engine?

This sure indicates it's time for those electric cars to roll into showrooms and thence into carports or parking spaces across America. Where are they? Here's a report saying the new electric car companies just can't get it together, as in production and assembly. Delays and delays. After the delays, a few cars to sell.

All the interest and frustration around lack of alternative to gas-burning cars is part of alternative fuel that ignites the flames that lead to political attacks on Big Auto, which I recently blogged about.

So with no alternative fuel that's clearly better than gasoline or oil-based diesel, and no supply of electric cars to buy, Americans are not going to get what they want and would apparently buy. Perhaps just one little reason why a recent poll showed 81% os us think this contry's headed in the wrong direction. Duh.

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  • Ask Penelope an Rupert

    when they get back from snorting coke in the Bahamas with Tarquin ....
    fr0thy2
  • Most talk green, but buy SUVs

    Ask most people and they will talk about green this and green that.

    But when you look at what they drive, what do you find?? Gas guzzling SUVs or fuel inefficient vehicles.

    Many talk the talk, but don't walk the walk.
    wackoae
    • ...

      I dunno, I am seeing more and more smaller vehicles in Central California and less and less large trucks and other SUV's. I think Americans are starting to realize that the current way of life is not sustainable.

      All it took was a downturn in the economy and fuel prices to escalate. As my wife says, people will not change until they are uncomfortable... $500.00 - 1,200.00 a month fuel bills is making a lot of people uncomfortable and fast. ]:)
      Linux User 147560
  • More fuzzy thinking

    Must be a slow news day.

    People will vote with their wallets, as they always will. Is gasoline a high expense? Then downsize. Would I prefer a big roomy car that gets 50 mpg and costs $5k? You bet, but it ain't gonna happen, so I compromise.

    Alternative fuels will happen when the overall costs involved fall to where the public is willing to pay for them. But please, no more ethanol. It's now becoming obvious that this has the potential to clobber your grocery bill, and recent studies show ethanol to be a lose-lose situation all around.

    For my money, electric hybrids show great potential, but only if the electricity comes from nukes. Gotta cut down on hydrocarbon imports, you know.
    riredale
  • RE: What do we Americans want? Individuals shopping for, longing for green

    me thinks consumers wants to know more <a href="http://www.car-stuff.com/gas-saving-products.html">ways to increase gas mileage</a> by buying cars that has the best gas mileage, coz those cars could perform well while consuming less gas in their engine.
    freude09