But still, I find the plan aggravating, because it just further reinforces the idea that anything that says "hybrid" on it is a better environmental choice than anything that doesn't. I mean, I guess I'm slightly thankful that some people are buying hybrid Toyota Highlanders instead of non-hybrid ones, but there's just no reason for anyone to buy one. If you truly need a 4WD vehicle because you live up an unpaved mountainside road or something, there are normal-sized Subarus and things that can also get up there without wasting as much energy. And the other 99% of you who buy these things to drive around on city roads just because they can, well, stop destroying my planet.
Why is the environmental initiative rewarding the use of hybrid vehicles specifically? Using a hybrid vehicle is not always the smartest environmental choice. For instance, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid holds 5 passengers and gets around 25 mpg. The Honda Fit 5-speed non-hybrid also holds 5 passengers and gets around 40 mpg. Just because a vehicle is a hybrid does not mean that its environmental impact is less than that of other vehicles that carry the same number of passengers. People who choose environmentally friendly modes of transportation should be rewarded. People who choose an unnecessarily large and heavy vehicle that happens to say "hybrid" on it should not be rewarded, as their vehicle is harming the environment unnecessarily. Please consider reserving space for vehicles with, say, a combined EPA rating above 30mpg. Thank you!