Consumers Remain Skeptical of Electric Vehicles

May 06, 2010

40 percent of consumers still feel they don’t know enough about electric vehicles to consider one for their next purchase and have high standards to adopt the technology, according to a new poll from Cars.com

While the majority of consumers are still unsure of the technology, 36 percent of respondents said they would consider an electric vehicle for their next purchase while 24 percent said they would not.

“Electric cars still face many hurdles in the minds of consumers who have range anxiety,” said Cars.com Editor and Chief Patrick Olsen. “When asked for reasons they would not purchase an electric car, 54 percent said they feared they would run out of electricity while out on the road, while 43 percent said they drive distances greater than electric technology will currently allow.”   About a quarter of respondents expected at least 400 miles per charge.

In addition to driving concerns, the implications of charging their vehicles becomes a problem for many potential customers. A total of 36 percent said they don’t have or don’t want to pay for an electrical outlet in their garage for charging an electric vehicle. They also demand relatively short charging cycles, with 41 percent indicating it should take less than two hours.

This survey was conducted online by Impulse Research, on behalf of Cars.com, with a random sample of 1,030 men and women, 18 and older. Cars.com said the sample was carefully selected to closely match U.S. population demographics and the respondents are representative of American men and women 18 and older. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence, Cars.com said. 

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