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Survey: 20% Say Next Car Will Be Electric

May 10, 2018 0 Comments

According to an AAA survey released on May 8th, 20 percent of Americans say their next vehicle will be electric, up from 15 percent in 2017.

Lower-than-average ownership costs, safety features, and increased driving ranges are helping electric vehicles along – and range anxiety in particular is going down, AAA found.

58 percent of those survey said that range anxiety – the fear that the electric battery will run out of charge – is a concern, down 15 percent from 2017. It’s even less of a concern for millennials, with 48 percent of millennials surveyed saying it was an issue. On the other hand, 64 percent of Gen X and 66 percent of Baby Boomers surveyed expressed range anxiety.

Range is not the primary concern of prospective buyers, according to the survey. The biggest issue is reliability, with 92 percent of those likely to buy an EV or a hybrid listing it as important.

77 percent said crash ratings were a priority, 71 percent said cost, 69 percent said acceleration and handling, and 60 percent said advanced safety tech like automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance were important.

However, fully electric vehicles make up 0.05 percent of new car sales overall, according to Consumer Reports.

People are willing to make the change to an electric future, but there are still things that need to be done. AAA said that charing infrastructure is critical for widespread adoption; currently there are 16,000 charging stations in the U.S.

Consumer expectations will have to adjust when it comes to fueling up: 68 percent of Americans surveyed said that a 30-minute wait-time to charge a vehicle was “reasonable”, according to the AAA.

“Today’s drivers are accustomed to a quick fill up at the corner gas station, but electric vehicle charging can sometimes take several hours,” said Greg Bannon, AAA director of automotive engineering. “With a little planning, electric vehicle owners can avoid a roadside inconvenience and, as technology improves, charging times will too.”

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Dave Martinson is a broadcast journalist for DrivingSalesNews. He has a background as a TV News Reporter, Anchor and Producer. He has also worked in Digital Marketing and Human Resources. He received his bachelor’s degree in Communication from Brigham Young University – Idaho. He’s married and originally from the state of Washington. He’s a huge football fan and enjoys the outdoors.