New AAA study shows 15 percent of Americans are considering purchasing EVs
PORTLAND, Ore., – The Tesla Model X 75D is named the AAA Green Car of the Year. AAA’s engineers and technicians evaluated 65 green vehicles to come up with the winners in the 2017 AAA Green Car Guide, a comprehensive report published annually by the Automobile Club of Southern California and its Automotive Research Center.
2017 AAA Top Green Cars of the Year
To be eligible for AAA Green Car Guide evaluations, vehicles must be a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, battery electric, compressed natural gas, hydrogen, other alternative fuel vehicle or EPA category-leading fuel economy. All vehicles are evaluated in real world and test track evaluations and then rated on the criteria that matter most to car buyers, including ride quality, safety and performance.
AAA Survey: Consumer Appetite for Electric Vehicles Rivals Pickups
A new AAA survey reveals that consumer interest in electric vehicles remains high, even with gas prices about 40 percent lower than five years ago. The AAA survey shows that more than 30 million Americans are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car; this approaches the number planning to purchase a pickup truck, with 15 percent 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 found 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.
“While many drivers are interested in green vehicles, actually figuring out which electric, hybrid or other fuel efficient vehicle to purchase can be daunting to car shoppers,” says Marie Dodds, public affairs director for AAA Oregon/Idaho. “AAA’s Green Car Guide helps consumers pick the right vehicle for them based on our thorough evaluations.”
While electric vehicles are an attractive option for car shoppers, AAA found that more than half of Americans are hesitant to make the switch due to “range anxiety” – the concern over running out of charge or having too few locations to charge a vehicle. This fear persists despite the fact that U.S. drivers report an average round-trip commute length (31 miles) and time (46 minutes) that are well within the range of the more than 100 miles of range that most electric vehicles offer.
To assist with range anxiety, drivers of electric vehicles can find the closest charging station via the AAA Mobile app or AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner. In 2017, charging station availability has grown to more than 15,000 locations across the United States.
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