The key to life is in the question...
I can understand the reasoning now !I was being flip, but it is actually the truth. She had some vague notions of how a PHEV could drive on electric, less emissions (our son is asthmatic), and she liked the countryman shape, and as I was paying, then she didn't need to think about anything except nag me until I bought it.
Unfortunately true mass adoption of EV (because, bare in mind that HEV is only a 'bridging technology') will have to mean some pretty big compromise and wallet searching for all adopters.
As in the previous posts about second hand residuals vs. the home mechanic keeping an older car running, this revolution will not just happen based on warm words and a desire to "do the right thing"......
The CCC report last week (or the week before - I cant remember) on the lifestyle changes we will all have to make to make us emission neutral by 2050 made me smile wryly.... I think the "shift to EVs" statement was throw away at best and the "you'll all need to turn your heating down a few degrees" statement was naive bordering on ridiculous.... As with most things in life - "someone elses problem, not mine" will remain the order of the day in the western world !