By Mike Colgan

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Attendees at the 2013 Silicon Valley International Auto Show are keen on the growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles featured this year at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Auto Show spokesperson DeeDee Taft said at the end of the day mileage is king.

“Everywhere we go it’s mileage. First question if you talk to any of the product specialists. It’s not color, it’s not features, it’s mileage,” Taft said. “That’s not to say they aren’t concerned about all the other things. Nowadays vehicles are so loaded with so many luxury items whether it’s an inexpensive car or expensive car that really this seems to be the leading question.”

Ford dealer Scott Petit said electric cars still have their limitations.

“We do very well with them in the Bay Area; we sell quite a few of them,” Petit said.

He suggested leasing these types of vehicles would be more prudent because of the improving technology.

“You can lease an electric car for little to no money out of your pocket and have a $200 or $300 a month payment. To me that’s a better option because you get to see how you can use the vehicle over a two to three-year period,” he said.

More than a dozen manufacturers are showing off their cars at the show that started Thursday and runs through this Sunday.

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