Demand for electric vehicles is increasing in the US. Around 20% of Americans say their next vehicle is probably an electric car, according to a poll published on Tuesday. Survey results show a rise from 2017 when 15% of Americans said their next vehicle would preferably electric.
Below-average operating costs, additional safety features, and increased range help drive the trend toward electric vehicles. Especially, the fear for the range, the fear that the battery of an electric car will be drained begins to dwindle, found AAA.
A few takeaways:
- 58% expressed concern that running out of power while driving, which is a decrease of 15% from 2017.
- Distance fear is less worrying for millennials around 48%.
- About 66% of the baby boomers and 64% Generation X surveyed have a fear of distance capability
The survey identified that the range of the battery of an electric car is not the main concern of the potential buyers. Reliability is the biggest problem, as 92% of respondents are likely to buy an electric or hybrid vehicle.
Around 77% of buyers said that accident numbers were the priority, followed by costs of 71%, acceleration, and handling of 69% and advanced safety technology such as automatic emergency braking and lane keeping at 60%.
Yet, genuine sales of electric vehicles in the US account for only a small portion of the total vehicle sales. According to Consumer Reports, all-electric vehicles account for only 0.05% of new car sales.
Despite all this, the willingness to buy electric vehicles remains headwind. The charging infrastructure will be a critical factor to its widespread acceptance, claims AAA. There are 16,000 charging stations in the USA. However, consumer expectations must also be adjusted.
Total 68% of Americans said that while driving, a load time of 30 Minutes is a reasonable amount of time to wait, AAA says.
“Today’s drivers are used to filling up at the gas station quickly, but charging electric vehicles can sometimes take several hours,” said AAA’s director of automotive engineering, Greg Brannon in a statement. “With a proper planning, electric vehicle owners can evade roadside discomfort, and as the technology advances, charging times will also decrease.”
Being on the same road, German automaker, Volkswagen has recently announced its plans to create a massive electric car network in the US.