Survey Shows Public Uncertainty About Electric Cars

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AAA’s latest survey reveals that despite many Americans having interest in electric vehicles, don't believe when asked if most vehicles will be electric by 2029, only 4 in 10 said yes.

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AAA Ohio spokesman Jim Garrity says similar to other emerging technologies, a lack of knowledge and experience may be contributing to the slow adoption of electric vehicles despite Americans’ desire to go green.

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AAA’s survey found that a majority of Americans (59 percent) were unsure of whether electric vehicles have better range when driving at highways speeds or in traffic.

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Although most Americans don’t believe electric vehicles will be on the road in masses in the next 10 years, AAA did find that 40 million Americans say they would be likely to consider an electric vehicle for their next car purchase, with Millennials leading the pack.

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“Electric cars are quickly becoming more common, with more than 200,000 on the road across the country today,” says Garrity, the organizations public and legislative affairs manager. “We believe that there is a gap between interest and purchasing electric vehicles because most Americans aren’t equipped with the full scope of their capabilities and efficiencies.”

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The annual AAA survey, which tracks opinions regarding electric and hybrid vehicles, found that while consumer interest remains steady, Americans may not have a solid understanding of electric vehicle performance.

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Yet, a separate study AAA conducted earlier this year found that more than half of Americans believe that in this same timeframe most cars will have the ability to drive themselves - a reality that is much less likely to happen.

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For instance, electric vehicles, unlike those running on gas, perform better in stop-and-go traffic because the car can recapture energy to charge the battery when decelerating.

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Consumers who are interested in electric vehicles but remain unsure should research and learn as much as possible about these types of cars.

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