Higher gas prices leads to greater demand for hybrid, electric vehicles

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Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 8:32 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Nebraska is a highly agricultural based state, meaning the need for gas-powered vehicles won’t go down any time soon.

Although the demand for hybrid and electric cars has gone up in recent years.

Tom Dinsdale Automotive’s General Sales Manager Grant Pyper said, “They’re upping the anty as far as hybrid, hybrid electric plug in style vehicles and so all of that’s really getting pushed right now - even in the Wranglers that’s kind of what we’re seeing in the Wrangler 4XE anytime we get one on the lot it sells right away. We get lots of calls from out of state people.. we’ve done lots of business with New York or California or everything in between too as well.”

According to AAA’s car guide for 2022, when it comes to the top ten best rated vehicles, seven of them are either hybrid or electric.

Right now, the average gas price for Adams County is $4.63 and a year ago it was just under $3. According to AAA’s public affairs specialist, Brian Ortner, we haven’t seen prices like this since 2008.

AAA ran a national poll asking people about their driving habits and the stats showed that when gas hits $5 there will be a significant change to the people’s driving happens and we hit that national average on June 16. Therefore, we might start seeing more EV’s on the road.

Ortner stated that sales for electric vehicles did increase nationally in 2021.

“There’s two things that new vehicle shoppers want in their next vehicle, better fuel efficiency and more driver assisted safety features.. if you look at it 80% of those drivers want improved fuel efficiency whether that’s through a gas powered vehicle or an electric vehicle,” said Ortner.

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