Giving consumers a variety of choices is a good idea!

choiceA recent story in the Detroit Free Press took a real negative direction with its headline: Sales show U.S. drivers slow to embrace all-electric vehicles.

If you just read the headline, you might have missed the real news, buried a little further down in the story: that sales of the Chevrolet Volt have tripled over the first six months of this year compared to last year, and that Toyota Priuses are selling as fast as the factories can turn them out. What’s not to like about that?

Volts extend their range with a backup gas tank that kicks in when the electric power wanes, and Priuses combine gas with battery power to eke out additional miles per gallon.

The negative focus of the headline came from sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf, which are down quite a bit from last year.

But so what if “pure” EVs aren't the most popular with American drivers? It seems to us that giving consumers a variety of choices for alternative fuel vehicles is a good idea. Especially when at least one of those choices is built in Michigan.