A Consumer Reports (CR) survey on low-carbon fuels and EVs shows that 71% of Americans are interested in leasing/buying an EV.
Namely, 35% would “consider” purchasing an EV, 22% said they would “seriously” consider it, and 14% would “definitely” lease/buy an EV if they could get one today.
The survey also shows that 46% of Americans are unfamiliar with the incentives for buying an electric vehicle. However, if there were any discounts or tax rebates, 53% would definitely be motivated to buy an EV.
This implies that incentives and awareness campaigns to educate Americans about them are key policy tools for encouraging a move toward green transportation.
In addition, consumers who purchase electric vehicles may end up saving thousands of dollars each year since the average gas price in the US is $4.87 per gallon.
When asked what aspects would influence their decision to purchase an electric vehicle:
- 33% of respondents said it’s the cost of charging an EV (which is lower than refueling a gas car),
- 31% cited lower long-term expenses, and
- 28% mentioned lower maintenance costs.
When it comes to purchasing/leasing an electric vehicle, the top three problems for people who cited they would “definitely” buy an EV were the charging logistics. To be more precise:
- 61% were concerned about where/when they’ll be able to charge their EVs,
- 55% were worried about the vehicle’s range before requiring a recharge,
- 53% were concerned about the cost of owning/maintaining an EV.