Time to electrify pickup trucks?
Who were the biggest losers and winners in 2010? That’s a question that MotorTrend recently addressed and the results aren’t just a bit contradictory, they are kind of alarming.
Despite rising gas prices and the real world launches of a number of plug-in vehicles, fuel economy was out in 2010.
According to MT the biggest winners in 2010 were big trucks, electric cars and crossovers. The biggest losers were small cars, small trucks and ladder frames.
So, while it’s great that plug-in vehicles finally became an option for consumers in 2010, most consumers just weren’t interested in fuel economy in 2010. Sure, some consumers downsized from huge SUVs into smaller crossovers, but a lot more consumers purchased bigger-than-ever pickup trucks.
Unfortunately, the bulk of electric cars being produced and planned for production in the near future mostly fit the small car segment, one of the losers in 2010. Will adding a plug to small cars make them a winner in coming years? I sure hope so, but that’s not a prediction one could make based on the trends of 2010.
Maybe a little dose of $5.00 gas would be good for America?