Tokyo, Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)–Nearly 40 pct of people in Japan who own or plan to own cars want to buy gas-electric hybrid vehicles once the country bans sales of gasoline-only new vehicles in the mid-2030s, a Jiji Press survey conducted in January showed.
The poll showed that 39.4 pct of these respondents favored hybrid vehicles, while 29.6 pct chose fully electric vehicles and 3.7 pct selected fuel-cell vehicles.
It showed that 9.7 pct said they will continue to use gasoline or diesel vehicles purchased before the ban goes into effect and that 6.2 pct said they will not own cars.
Asked about what they expect from next-generation vehicles, with multiple answers allowed, 49.1 pct of all respondents cited safety during crashes, 46.2 pct safe self-driving and 45.2 pct low costs.
The interview-based survey was conducted with 1,953 people aged 18 or older across the country, except for Toyama, Fukui and Miyazaki prefectures. Valid responses came from 62.0 pct.