20 Percent Of Americans Want An EV But Most Are Clueless About Recharging Times

Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular with consumers and a new study from AAA suggests 20 percent of Americans want their next vehicle to be electric.

This is a 5 percent increase from 2017 and its builds on other data which suggests consumers are becoming more open to electric-only models. Even those who were unwilling to buy an electric vehicle or unsure if they would buy one, showed less negativity towards EVs than in previous studies. Among these respondents, 63 percent cited a lack of charging locations while 58 percent cited range anxiety. These are decreases of 9 percent and 15 percent, respectively, from 2017.

Millennials were the least concerned about range anxiety as only 48 percent of respondents cited it as an issue. However, Generation Xers (64 percent) and Baby Boomers (66 percent) were more worried about it.

While range is an important issue for electric vehicle, it wasn’t the primary thing that people were concerned about. 92 percent of respondents who said they were likely to buy an electric or hybrid vehicle stated reliability is important when considering which model to purchase. For comparison, only 87 percent of respondents said range was important.

Other important factors that weigh on customers interested in hybrid and electric vehicles are crash ratings (77 percent), cost (71 percent) and performance (69 percent). Interestingly, most respondents said they didn’t care about the design or style of the vehicle or who makes it.

One of the more interesting findings of the study is Americans are pretty clueless about electric vehicles despite becoming more interested in them. 68 percent of respondents felt “a charging time of no more than 30 minutes is reasonable.” Furthermore, 44 percent of women think a charging time of 15 minutes or less is reasonable.

This, of course, is completely unreasonable as the Nissan Leaf needs about 7.5 hours to be fully recharged with a 220-volt outlet and around 35 hours with a 110-volt outlet. Even an 80 percent quick charge requires around 40 minutes. The Chevrolet Bolt, on the other hand, requires 9.3 hours to receive a full charge with a 240-volt connection.

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  • Six_Tymes

    “Millennials were the least concerned about range anxiety as only 48 percent of respondents cited it as an issue. However, Generation Xers (64 percent) and Baby Boomers (66 percent) were more worried about it.”

    Can you guess why? the answer is fairly obvious, and I wonder if this study knows the answer as to why.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Install a commode.

    • Status

      Millennials are more likely to live in urban settings, thereby having little reason to deplete an EV’s battery.

    • Stephen G

      A Millennial can call his mom to come pick him up

  • Iberian Rekluse

    I want a rocketship and a pony. These polls are rubbish.

    • S3XY

      So the poll is rubbish because you personally don’t agree with it. Got it.

      • Iberian Rekluse

        Sounds like you’re the one doing the disagreeing around here.

    • LeStori

      I want Supercar out of the 1960s TV series of the same nae but we are still along way off.

  • TheBelltower

    I spend five seconds charging my car. I plug it in when I get home, and I go inside. Driving an EV is a completely different type of “fueling” regimen. You top-off the batteries when it’s convenient for you to stop, and not when they’re empty. I prefer it over the gas station visit. The only time I go to the gas station is to buy washer fluid or to fill the tanks of one of my weekend cars.

  • S3XY

    “Americans are pretty clueless” No need for anything else after that.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      You have proven yourself to be a classless bitch with that comment.

      Hope your facist elitism works out for you.

  • David De Fortier

    Why dont they make the body panels and windows from solar cells, so the sun can take care of charging?

    • Status

      Because recharging would take days, and would be dependent upon where the car was parked, prevailing cloud conditions, and even the amount of light available at differing times of the year.

      • Stephen G

        I think the implication is that any solar charging would be supplimental

        • Status

          It didn’t seem like that when he typed “so the sun can take care of charging”. Nevertheless, I agree that any solar charging would have to be supplementary.

    • My 2012 Nissan Leaf has a solar panel on the roof.

  • smartacus

    People truly need to wake up about recharge times!!

    Motor Trend drove a Bolt with a huge 238 mile range
    on an 800 mile trip.and it took them 20 hours!! They
    drafted everywhere they could, they used the latest
    charging point locating apps. They did their best!!!

    20 hours!!! vs. a car/truck with 400 mile range
    able to go 800 miles with only a mid-trip fillerup!!
    (and there are 500-700 mile range vehicles out there)

    • smartacus

      the biggest hurdle to EV’s
      are not their motor, but the
      lack of internal combustion

  • The last paragraph in this article is absurd.
    “… the Nissan Leaf needs about 7.5 hours to be fully recharged with a 220-volt outlet and around 35 hours with a 110-volt outlet.”
    Not even close. It is more like about 7.5 hours with 110V outlet. I have no idea where they come up with 35 hours.
    Thus, you have to wonder about the accuracy of the rest of this article.

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