AAA: 1 in 5 U.S. Drivers Want an Electric Vehicle

first_imgChevrolet Bolt EV Premier Midsize Car Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Compact Car Category Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Subcompact Car Best Under $30K Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSAAAElectric Vehicles Previous articleApril’s showers nearly double the average rainfall for many countiesNext articleOn this day in Florida history: Skyway Bridge collapses Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Large Car Survey reveals its annual top picks for electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehiclesAmerica’s appetite for electric vehicles is heating up. A new AAA survey shows that 20 percent or 50 million Americans will likely go electric for their next vehicle purchase, up from 15 percent in 2017. With lower-than-average ownership costs, increased driving ranges and the latest advanced safety features, AAA sees a strong future for electric vehicles. To help “green” car shoppers make an informed choice, AAA conducts independent, rigorous test-track evaluations of electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient, gas-powered vehicles.“Electric vehicles have become more affordable, attractive, and they include innovative technology,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Many consumers view electric vehicles as the cars of the future, but AAA still encourages consumers to do their homework when choosing an EV to determine whether or not it is a good fit for their lifestyle.”Perhaps fueling American’s desire for electric vehicles, AAA’s survey found that “range anxiety” is beginning to ease. Among those unsure or unwilling to choose an electric vehicle for their next car, 63 percent (down 9 percent from 2017) cited not enough places to charge as a detractor while 58 percent (down 15 percent from 2017) expressed concern over running out of charge while driving. Range anxiety is less of a concern for millennials (48 percent) than Generation X or Baby Boomers (64 percent and 66 percent, respectively).While the range is important to most (87 percent) electric and hybrid vehicle shoppers, it is not the only consideration. Reliability is king with nine-in-ten (92 percent) of those likely to by an electric or hybrid vehicle stating it is important when evaluating which car to buy. Electric and hybrid car shoppers are also prioritizing crash ratings (77 percent), cost (71 percent), acceleration and handling (69 percent) and advanced safety technology such as automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance (60 percent). Fewer drivers are concerned with style, color, or design of the vehicle (34 percent) or brand of the vehicle (33 percent). Full survey results available here.To help drivers looking to making the switch or find their next green vehicle, Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center conducts extensive and thorough testing of high fuel efficiency, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles each year, and assigns ratings based on criteria important to buyers such as ride quality, safety and performance.“Electric Vehicles are energy efficient and environmentally friendly,” continued Nasworthy. “Potential buyers also like the fact that electric vehicles require less maintenance than internal combustion engines.”In 2018, the following vehicles earned AAA’s Top Green Vehicle award: Ford F-150 4X4 XLT Sport BMW 530e i-Performance You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier Pickup Tesla Model X 75Dcenter_img Kia Niro LX Best Over $50K Tesla Model S 75 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Tesla Model X 75D SUV/Minivan Vehicle LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Overall Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth analysis of the green vehicle industry can be found at AAA.com/greencar.Although Americans may be more eager to buy an electric vehicle, having the right infrastructure will be critical to its widespread adoption. In 2018, the availability of charging stations had grown to more than 16,000 in the United States and, although anxiety over range has reduced, AAA’s survey found consumer expectation for charging time while on the road may not align with reality. Seven-in-ten (68 percent) Americans feel that while out driving, a charging time of no more than 30 minutes is a reasonable amount of time to wait.Drivers can access charging station locations through AAA’s Mobile app or TripTik Planner. Additional survey data, study methodology, graphics, photos and video can be found at NewsRoom.AAA.com. Tesla Model X 75D Nissan Leaf SL Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Best $30K – $50K Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more