All across the United States, drivers are getting excited about driving an electric vehicle. With exciting new models coming from Tesla, Audi, Rivian, and Ford, more and more people are getting excited to try out the new tech features, energy efficiency, and cheaper maintenance costs on the new EVs . In fact, in 2018 alone, there were over 361,000 electric vehicles sold in the US – a whopping 81% growth over 2017! However, while EVs are the future of automobiles, misinformation and skewed expectations still make some drivers hesitant to make the switch.
Drivers Don’t Know What’s Available
One recent AAA survey released in May 2019 revealed that 16% of Americans, or as many as 40 million, “would be likely to consider an electric vehicle for their next car purchase.” However, only 40% of people surveyed believe that the majority of vehicles on American roadways will be electric by 2029. That might be surprising to some, considering that more than 1 million electric vehicles are already on the roads, but there is still much confusion about electric vehicles.
Most people still aren’t up to speed (pun intended) with how much EV charging solutions have changed in the past few years. According to the study, about six in ten Americans who are unsure about electric vehicles worry about finding a charging station, running out of a charge, or having less range than they need for long distance travel. However, these fears don’t reflect the current availability of electric vehicles. While the earliest models of EVs might travel 80 miles or so on a single charge, the newest long-range versions can go for nearly 400 miles before the next charge. Considering that most EV drivers charge at home or at work, visits to electric vehicle charging stations become less time consuming than making special trips to the gas station. Because EV drivers charge while they’re doing other tasks, they’re less likely to run out of a charge while driving!
But Things Are Changing
Despite the misconceptions about electric vehicles, there is hope for EV adoption. Millennials (people born between 1981-1996) and Generation X (people born 1964-1980) are leading the charge when it comes to electric vehicle interest and purchasing. In addition, while there are still consumer concerns about the availability of charging stations and running out of a charge while driving, this range anxiety decreased by 11% since the previous year’s study. Furthermore, the AAA survey found that 44% of buyers would actually be willing to pay $4,000 more for an EV than a gas-powered car, with 23% others saying they’d pay even more of a difference to drive a battery powered vehicle. As technology advances and carmakers release more affordable electric vehicles, and as national networks of charging infrastructure grow, electric vehicles will become more accessible to more people.
As AAA’s report muses, many car buyers don’t know enough about electric vehicles to be make the switch. Without education from a dealership or other EV owners, and without test driving an electric vehicle, they don’t know about the current EV technology. However, this survey is also proof that times are changing, and more people are learning about electric vehicles. By educating drivers and prioritizing the installation of EV charging stations, we can ensure a zero emissions future.
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