Survey: 36% of Americans can buy an electric vehicle
It is a conclusion of what consumer reports calls its “largest ever nationally representative survey.”
RS surveyed 8,027 American adults about their thoughts on electric vehicles. Notably, the poll was conducted between January 27 and February 18 of this year, ending less than a week before Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine triggered a global gas price spike.
Other key findings:
Among RC results:
- 44% of Americans have seen an electric vehicle in their neighborhood in the past month
- 17% of respondents had been a passenger in an electric vehicle and 7% had driven one
- 46% of Americans had never heard of the federal government providing a tax refund of up to $7,500 to those who purchase certain new electric vehicles.
- 53% said tax or other rebates would encourage them to buy an electric vehicle
- Those who were not considering buying an electric vehicle cited three barriers preventing them from going electric: charging logistics (61%), range concerns (55%) and cost (52% ).
Men and young adults are more likely to be fans of electric vehicles
Demographics made a big difference in who was willing to consider buying an EV:
- Men were more likely than women
- Young adults were more likely than older adults
- High-income households were more likely than low-income households
- Americans with college education were more likely than those without
- Urban residents were more likely than suburban or rural residents
Many new electric vehicles on the way
Virtually every automaker has introduced an electric vehicle to the market this year or plans to introduce one within the next two years. Some, like Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, have pledged to replace their entire range with electric cars by the end of the decade. Others, like General Motors, are planning a “mainly electric” range.
Even Dodge, with its image tied to muscle cars and V8 engines, plans to show off an “electric muscle car” this summer.
As electric vehicles become more commonplace, Americans may become more welcoming of them. CR notes that those who have seen an electric vehicle in their neighborhood are more likely to consider buying one than those who have not.