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Same old story

So we all know that millennials are not nearly as selfish as their older peers and especially not as selfish as baby boomers, especially when it comes to saving the world for future generations.

And one of the best way to do that, of course, perhaps the best way, to save the world for the future, is to abandon cars for more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

Which is what nearly every survey has found: Millennials say they are much more likely than baby boomers or even Gen Xers to say that they will soon switch to public transport, bicycles, shared transport and get away from owning a car.

But then reality bit, namely 2020.

So no surprise, I think, that according to a survey across 9 nations from the consultancy group, EV, “nearly 1/3 of people without a car intend to buy one in the next six months, and 45% of those will be millennials.”

Not only that, but it’s not electric or hybrid cars they are mostly after.

In the words of this report, “71% of non-car owners currently seeking a new car are looking to buy a gasoline or diesel model, with just 6% looking to purchase a purely electric vehicle and 23% looking to buy a hybrid.”

Reality has bitten, as it will for lots of other firm beliefs that young people currently hold to, but which will become much less firm the more real the world becomes for them.

As it has always been.