High gas prices boost buyer interest in electric vehicles amid Russian invasion of Ukraine


The phones were ringing Wednesday morning at Ontario Hyundai in California’s Inland Empire, and the callers had one thing in mind – an electric vehicle.

Before 10 a.m., the dealership had received 20 inquiries about Hyundai’s new electric crossover, the Ioniq 5. The dealership always gets a few dozen calls a day about EVs but never 20 in the first hour, said General Manager Sam Labib.


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