Interest in electric cars continues to rise as Americans begin to consider fuel costs, according to AAA.
BUFFALO, NY – As gasoline prices remain on the expensive side, a new study by AAA shows that 25% of Americans say they would rather buy an electric vehicle.
AAA said that 25% is due to a strong drive to save on fuel costs, with 77% of people looking to buy an electric vehicle citing gas prices.
With rising fuel prices, the AAA assumes that the switch to electric vehicles will only now continue.
“The increase in gas prices over the past six months has prompted consumers to consider making the switch to electric vehicles, particularly among younger generations,” said Greg Brannon, director of automotive engineering and industry relations at AAA. “They’re looking for ways to make savings, and automakers continue to incorporate cool styling and the latest cutting-edge technology into electric vehicles that appeal to this group.”
However, as interest in electric vehicles grows, so too does concern about finding charging stations.
That’s not the only thing holding consumers back. AAA also found the following reasons people are reluctant to switch to electric vehicles:
- Higher purchase price – 60%
- Concern that there are not enough charging options – 60%
- Fear of running out of charge while driving – 58%
- Unsuitable for long-distance travel – 55%
- High cost of battery repair or replacement – 55%
- 31% cannot install a charging station at their place of residence
While consumers worry about how far electric vehicles can go before running out of charge, AAA found they have a pretty good idea of how far the vehicles can go. According to its study, AAA found that 60% of Americans believe electric vehicles can drive between 100 and 350 miles before running out of charge, which is in line with current capabilities.
“The deeper issue with range anxiety is that it takes more than just improving an EV’s range to convince people to make the switch,” Brannon said.
AAA believes that a better understanding of the following will help consumers with the idea of purchasing an electric vehicle:
- Performance: EVs are more efficient in stop-and-go traffic because braking allows the car to recover energy from braking to charge the battery.
- Public vs. home charging: A previous AAA survey found that EV owners do 75% of their charging at home. Most electric vehicles come with a Level 1 120 volt AC charger that plugs into a standard household outlet. Level 1 charging offers between 2 and 5 miles of range per hour, which is plenty for a typical US driver who travels around 30 miles a day.
- Accessibility: Public charging stations are often less accessible for people living in densely populated cities or apartment buildings. In these cases, public loading is the only option. Data from the US Department of Energy suggests there are nearly 55,674 charging stations across the country. While charging infrastructure has improved, more work will be needed in the coming years to support greater consumer adoption.
- Integration: According to previous AAA research, most EV owners (78%) typically have one or more gas-powered or non-plug-in hybrid vehicles in their homes in addition to their EVs. Educating consumers on the benefits of using an electric vehicle for shorter commutes while using their gas-powered vehicle for longer journeys can go a long way in combating range anxiety while also highlighting the benefits.
- Roadside Assistance: AAA is synonymous with the automobile, whether electric or gas powered, including servicing members who own electric vehicles. AAA notes that similar to gasoline vehicles, the top reasons for roadside assistance for electric vehicle owners are tire problems or the need for towing, but rarely running out of charge.
While not all of these factors may alleviate consumer anxiety about their concerns, AAA expects continued education and people seeing their neighbors to switch to electric vehicles will increase their popularity.
For more information on electric vehicles, visit the AAA Car Guide website.
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