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A study conducted by Consumer Reports with 3,392 American adults with valid driver's licenses shows that the public perception of EVs is inching toward the mainstream. A study found that more than 70% of US drivers would be open to choosing an electric car, indicating a continuing rise in interest.
According to the study, 30 percent of respondents said are very familiar with electric vehicles, and everyone else has at least heard of them. The level of interest in electric vehicles is particularly significant: 71% of those surveyed said they are thinking about buying an electric vehicle at some point in the future. About a third of those surveyed said their next car would be an electric car. More than 70% of those surveyed agree that electric vehicles will reduce air pollution, and that automakers should offer other types of vehicles, such as electric pickups and SUVs, alongside their electric vehicle models.
Much of the research has focused on what consumers consider to be an obstacle to owning an electric vehicle. It turned out that the biggest concerns are caused by the range of electric vehicles, and the availability of charging stations.
About half of those surveyed said they need a car that can travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. Also, about half of those currently not planning to buy an electric car said that poor charging infrastructure was holding them back. Despite the fact that respondents are afraid to buy an electric car due to the lack of charging stations, 71% said they intend to charge the car at home.
Other reasons that discouraged buying were the purchase price (43% of respondents), insufficient knowledge of electric vehicles (30%), and lack of space to charge at home (28%).
Young drivers are more likely than older drivers to buy electric vehicles as their next car, according to a CR survey. But in general, interest across demographics seems to continue to grow.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.