Each month we take a snapshot poll on the types of vehicles DriveTribe users are planning to buy next - petrol, diesel, electric or hybrid.
June 2019 saw a total of 3,079 people complete the poll with petrol the overwhelming favourite for 64% of users. Perhaps surprisingly, hybrid came in second place, with 16.6% claiming it as their preferred choice of next car.
While there were plenty of people who commented that petrol or diesel would be a close call, the element of doubt fell in petrols' favour, as the demonisation of diesel appears to have taken hold - just 9.6% of poll respondents selected diesel as their choice, marginally ahead of full electric at 9%.
Despite the poor billing for Diesel, some 68.5% of poll respondents claimed that diesel demonisation has gone too far, with modern diesel engines helping to contribute to a reduction in emissions overall. That said, a further 22.5% said it's time to break with the past and accept that alternative fuels are the way forward.
What are your views, do you think we've reached a watershed moment in which the transition to alternative fuels will rapidly accelerate? Is the comparatively high billing for hybrid a sign that range anxiety and a shortfall in recharging points is creating a false bubble for hybrid, at the expense of latent demand for electric? Or are we shooting ourselves in the foot as we ignore the merits of modern diesel engines?