Electric vehicles are now becoming a trend as certain companies provide better and more environment-friendly options for car owners. And a recent study by Pew Research Center explains further how Americans look at EVs as a choice for transportation.
This study shows various discoveries as to the opinion of Americans with Electric Vehicles. TheNextWeb analyzed the results of the study and explains the pros and cons of EVs.
Results Of The Study
Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand American’s receptivity to embracing non-carbon-emitting electric vehicles. They surveyed exactly 13,749 U.S. adults from April 20 to 29, 2021.
This study consists of different aspects connected to Electric Vehicles. Among all the Americans surveyed, only 7% own an electric or hybrid vehicle. Also, most of these owners (72%) say they are very (43%) or somewhat (29%) likely to seriously consider an electric car or truck the next time around.
Another aspect is about a possible phasing out of gasoline-powered cars and trucks. However, American consumers are divided as to this plan. 47% US adults support this proposal while 51% oppose it. Similarly, Americans are divided as 39% of Americans surveyed are likely to consider buying an EV for their next car, and a slightly higher 46% would stick to a conventional vehicle.
Factors Affecting EVs Purchases
This study not only describes the perception of Americans towards Electric Vehicles. It also shows several factors that Americans consider in purchasing electric vehicles. These are different aspects that must be considered in order for them to fully embrace the advantage of using a more sustainable model with the use of EVs.
First, Americans see an insignificant difference between EVs and gasoline-powered cars with the reliability and driving experience. They also look into the environmental benefit vs. cost of these two types of vehicles as 67% say that EVs are better for the environment. However, an almost equal percentage of Americans (66%) say that they have a higher price which is something to be considered.
Another factor is Age. Adults surveyed consist of ages 18 to 24 and their answers are greatly affected with their age. Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996) and Gen Z (born after 1997) are more open to purchasing an EV, compared to Gen X (1965-1980) and Baby Boomers (1946-1964). This is somehow explainable as younger generations are more inclined to use more advanced technology, and also are more active in advocating environmentally friendly products.
Last factor they consider is their experience with an EV. The study states that seven out of ten current EV owners would purchase an electric-powered vehicle again. However, conventional car owners do think otherwise. 48% of them wouldn’t consider switching to EVs. Additionally, those who are quite familiar with EVs are more inclined to purchase one.
Conclusion of the Study
All of the findings of this study provide a strong foundation to know where EVs stand with American consumers. These are considered as positive numbers and show great potential in embracing more sustainable transportation models. However, certain factors like information and cost are still considered as hindrances for possible transition.
You can view the entire study in the Pew Research Center site.