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Sullivan: What the public wants in a fuel-efficient vehicle

Lee Patrick Sullivan

Correspondent for energyNow!
TV news magazine

We’re asking [auto manufacturers] to spend a boatload of money on a vehicle that isn’t their [top-selling] vehicle. Ford’s F-150 is going to outsell the Ford EV Focus. Silverado is going to outsell the Volt, and the Corolla is going to outsell the plug-in Prius. You’re asking [them] to spend a lot of money on vehicles that they’re not making a lot of returns on right now, and that’s a hard thing for them to do.

I’m in the market for a new car. I’ve actually driven the electric RAV4; it’s great. I’ve driven the Focus for 900 miles; it was incredible. I’ve driven the Volt as well. These are all great cars, but my heart is set on a Ford Flex, which gets 17 miles per gallon. I’m very educated when it comes to the dangers of fossil fuels and what goes on — and I want a car that doesn’t get good gas mileage. This is what these guys are going up against when they put their vehicles out there: a public that wants comfort, and they want it now. They don’t want to wait for hours for their car to charge up. I want the Flex because it has a fridge in it.

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