for plug-in hybrids
Although overall car sales in the U.S. are now in a “post-peak” era and likely to stagnate, EV purchases are expected to rise significantly in the coming decades.
Even as low gas prices have pushed consumers towards light trucks and SUVs, automakers are putting a broader range of electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen vehicles on the showroom floor.
What long-term impact the scandal will have on Volkswagen sales is still difficult to say, but there is good reason to believe that European automakers will shift their emphasis to hybrids and plug-ins.
Critics of hybrid, hydrogen and plug-in electric vehicles have pointed to clean diesel as a common-sense solution that environmentalists were ignoring for ideological reasons. The only problem is that Volkswagen had to cheat to sell them in the U.S.