AAA finds 1 in 5 U.S. drivers plan to buy an EV next time

A new survey from American Automobile Association shows that 20 percent of Americans – 50 million – will likely buy an electric vehicle for their next vehicle purchase.

“While concern for the environment is still a major motivator, AAA found U.S. drivers are also attracted to the lower long-term costs and advanced technology features that many of these vehicles offer,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering.

The main concerns are range anxiety and places to charge an EV, but those worries are starting to ease. Among those unsure or unwilling to choose an EV for their next car, 63 percent (down 9 percent from 2017) cited “not enough places to charge” as a reason not to buy, and 58 percent (down 15 percent from 2017) were worried about “running out of charge while driving.”

Here’s a caveat from the automaker side. Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said last week in testimony before a Senate panel that “significantly more people say they would buy an EV than actually do.”

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