Do Electric And Natural-Gas Cars Compete Against Each Other?

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2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas

2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas

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We've been thinking a lot about natural-gas fueled vehicles, for reasons that will become clear in due course.

Writing about green cars can occasionally be awkward, because there are different audiences for diesels versus hybrids, for plug-in electric cars, and for other types of alternative fuels.

The purchase motivations that drive buyers of plug-in electric cars may be very different from those that might lead someone to prefer to run a car on natural gas.

Yet much of the general media seems to assume it's gasoline versus everything else, and that all of the alternative powertrain technologies compete against each other.

Which we don't think is quite right.

So here are some questions for you, our readers--especially the large number of you who avidly follow and advocate for plug-in cars, and the smaller number of natural-gas fans:

  • Do you think that electric cars and natural-gas vehicles compete for the same buyers?
  • What are the motivations that might prompt someone to consider buying a 2013 Honda Civic Natural Gas, or any other NGV?
  • And what challenges does each type of vehicle face among the public, and in comparison to each other?

We'd like to hear what you think, to help us shape our coverage in the weeks to come.

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.

As always, keep it polite (and where you cite data, try to provide a link!)

Thanks in advance for your help.


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