Hybrid cars, because they are more expensive to purchase, tend to be bought by older, more affluent consumers. But, as gas prices have skyrocketed, we've begun to see a big change in what people think is more economical.
We're also seeing a spread in where people are buying them.
In Massachusetts, according to a report from Traveler's Insurance, a majority of hybrids are bought in the more affluent, and more liberal, towns and cities. But other towns are seeing huge jumps in hybrid ownership.
In the more affluent/liberal cities and towns, you still see the most hybrids:
- Boston: 1,615 hybrid car registrations, an increase of 76%
- Newton: 813
- Cambridge: 705
- Brookline: 438
- Lexington: 386
- Chelsea: 54 (350%)
- Springfield: 98 (70%)
- Pittsfield: 144 (73%)