In honor of Earth Day each year, Cars.com analyzes search data and puts together a list of locations where car buyers are most interested in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. This year, Lima, OH, home of a National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) National Training Center, the University of Northwestern Ohio, placed eighth on the list. The Toledo Blade interviewed Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor of Cars.com and Joe Shaw, general sales manager at Lima Auto Mall to find out why.
Lima, OH ranked number eight in the Cars.com list of the top ten cities where buyers are interested in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Credit: Cars.com.
“We’ve been doing this list for several years now, and every year there’s typically one outlier that you wouldn’t expect to see,” said Wiesenfelder.
Shaw, general sales manager at a General Motors dealership on Lima’s north side, attributes much of the interest in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to the city’s educational institutions.
“We have a lot of people asking about it. You’ve got a strong educational community, you’ve got a strong engineering community here,” he said. “They’re concerned about green initiatives. You’ve got Rhodes State, OSU-Lima, University of Northwestern Ohio.”