Thursday, September 6, 2007

families hate the earth

Can anyone tell me why there is such a limited selection of hybrid vehicles? Especially those that can fit more than 5 people? Aren't those people-haulers the cars that have the worst fuel economy? I have been irritated about this for a long time. Why is it only SUV drivers who get the remarks, and not minivan drivers? I have said for years now that once you put 7 people in a car, you're going to need a bigger engine to get them around, and once you put in that bigger engine, it doesn't matter what shape the car is, it's going to get crap gas mileage. I've been searching for a 7-passenger hybrid vehicle for about 8 years now, and only recently have there appeared any choices at all. I can't figure that out. Does the industry just assume that anyone who has more than 3 children must not care about Our Mother the Earth, or even saving money on gas? I'm sure there are a lot of families who can't justify the somewhat larger initial expense of a hybrid vs. a conventional car, but I'm sure that if a small-town hausfrau like me is interested, there's got to be a customer base out there. But I guess I can go out and buy . . . umm . . . looks like only the Toyota Highlander and the Chevy Silverado can do anything for me. Gee. I mean, come on, they're making hybrid TRUCKS, but not minivans? And I hates me a minivan, because they look like giant grubs to me, but when I look around, it seems that there are a lot of people who don't share my opinion re: hideous. And we need a truck for all of the farmy errands that constantly have to be done, and it needs to fit all the varmints. So I guess we'll have to get started on saving that $30,000. Doesn't it seem to anyone else that families with lots of children and farmers might actually be fairly likely to want to conserve resources and save money all in the same go? Annoyed.