It’s clear by now that the United States, whether consumers like it or not, is on a path toward full electrification. Through government mandates or emission regulations, the path ahead appears to be in the form of larger and more expensive power wheels. Despite the push towards this massive change, there are many factors against this change, including expenses, resources, and what the consumers want. New polling from Yahoo Finance and Ipsos found that Americans are still skeptical about the transformation.
United States Electric Vehicle Survey: Details
According to Yahoo!Finance, consumers’ state cost, range, available charging infrastructure, and environmental impact weigh on their decision of whether they should purchase a fully electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid. The survey of 1,025 Americans found that 57% of respondents were not likely to buy an electric vehicle the next time they purchase a vehicle. Just 31% of respondents were likely to buy an EV, while 11% said they were unsure.
When asked about their concerns regarding purchasing an electric vehicle, 70% of respondents were worried about overall cost, 73% were concerned about driving range, and 77% noted a lack of charging stations on the road or being able to charge at home. These are some genuine concerns that could change should people receive proper information. For example, state incentives can help make EVs more affordable than people may realize, though these incentives are conditional. It’s essential to speak directly to your dealership about it before pursuing the purchase of a battery mobile.
Things get better when we look at other data from the poll, which shows that 54% of people supported government programs likely to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, though conversely, 61% opposed restrictions on the sale of new gas-powered cars. As for the percentage of people that would likely buy an electric vehicle or hybrid, they fit within the 35-49 age bracket (37%) and appear to have an income of over $100k (42%). In short, most Americans remain skeptical about EVs for some good reasons. While some of these can be solved with proper education, the cost is a significant factor. It’s also important to remember that electric bills will increase after purchasing such a vehicle. Not to mention the decrease in performance in colder or hotter conditions.