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Rising gas prices mean more interest in electric cars — and solar-charged electric vehicles

blog logoEvery time gas prices start to rise, interest in electric cars, and in solar-charged driving, increases. I can literally see this rising interest in increases in traffic to SolarChargedDriving.Com. In fact, gas prices appear to be a bigger factor in creating more traffic to SolarChargedDriving.Com than putting fresh content on the site.

That gas price increases = more people surfing to SolarChargedDriving.Com, and, presumably, to other web sites that focus on electric cars, isn’t surprising.

But one thing still gets me, or, differently put, one thing, I do not quite understand: How short-lived the interest in electric cars is. That is, when gas prices decline again, people stop looking at electric cars.

And, no, this does NOT make sense!

Google traffic to SolarChargedDriving.Com over the past month.

Why not?

Because regardless of the price of gasoline in the United States, you save substantial sums of money in fueling an electric car, which in many places in the United States, including right here in Colorado, costs about one-quarter of what it costs to fuel an “average” gas car — even when gas prices are as low as they have been for the past two years or so.

Why/how so many people suddenly stop caring about saving money on auto fueling when gas is cheap, and why they continue to insist on paying at least four times more to fuel their vehicles than they would have to if they owned or leased an EV, many of which now offer 200+ miles of range at a very affordable price, just will never make sense to me.

But maybe I am just too “dense” for it to make sense to me.

Anyone else?

An Oregon Tesla Model S with a vanity plate announcing that the drivers have left gas in the dust.