AAA: Californians warming to all-electric vehicles
April 18, 2017
• Survey finds appetite for electric vehicles rivals pickups
• “Electric vehicles are poised to be a key vehicle of the future”
Despite lower gas prices, consumer interest in electric vehicles remains high, with more than 30 million Americans saying they are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car, according to a new AAA survey, released just days before Earth Day.
With rising sales, longer ranges and lower costs, AAA predicts a strong future for electric vehicles.
“With their lower ownership costs and compatibility with emerging autonomous technologies, electric vehicles are poised to be a key vehicle of the future,” says Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering. “Tesla -- a standout in AAA’s evaluations -- has helped widen the appeal of electric vehicles by showing they can be stylish, performance-focused and filled with cutting-edge technology.”
Even with gasoline prices that are about 40 percent lower than five years ago, AAA survey finds that consumer interest in electric vehicles and hybrids has not waned. The number of Americans interested in an electric vehicle approaches the number planning to purchase a pickup truck, with the survey showing that 15 percent are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car.
Millennials are even more accepting of electric vehicles, with nearly one-in-five interested in going electric for their next car.
Concern for the environment remains the primary motivating factor for electric vehicle shoppers, but AAA also finds that lower long-term costs, desire for the latest technology and access to car pool lanes are all influential.
With their extended range and flexibility, hybrid vehicles are also desirable to Americans, with nearly one third (32 percent) likely to buy the gasoline-and- battery-powered alternative.
Beyond electric and hybrid vehicles, AAA’s survey found that fuel economy remains a major purchase consideration for all U.S. drivers, with 70 percent rating it as an important factor in selecting any vehicle – equal to the importance of the cost, crash rating and performance – ahead of safety technology (50 percent), brand (48 percent), style, color and design (46 percent) and smartphone connectivity (34 percent).