But AAA survey finds many consumers want to buy EVs
Despite lower gas prices, a new American Automobile Association (AAA) study shows that consumer interest in electric vehicles remains high, with the survey showing that more than 30 million Americans are likely to buy an EV for their next car. With rising sales, longer ranges and lower costs, AAA predicts a strong future for EVs.
With their lower ownership cost and compatibility with emerging autonomous technologies, electric vehicles are poised to be a key vehicle of the future, says Greg Brannon, AAAês director of automotive engineering.
The number of Americans interested in an EV approaches the number planning to buy a pickup, with the survey showing that 15 percent are likely to buy an EV for their next car. The number is even higher for millennials, at nearly 20 percent.
Concern for the environment remains the primary motivating factor for EV shoppers, but AAA also found that lower long-term costs, desire for the latest technology and access to carpool lanes are all influential. With their extended range and flexibility, hybrids are also desirable, with nearly one-third of consumers likely to buy them.Download Bulletin PDF