A recent study on what would motivate EV skeptics to buy EVs shows that most of their concerns have been addressed.
A survey of Parks Associates asked those who do not own an electric vehicle and do not plan to buy one in the future, what would motivate them to consider buying an electric vehicle. The resulting first seven responses bring fantastic news, as nearly all of the concerns cited by skeptics have been addressed.
According to the survey results, the top seven incentives that would make skeptics consider buying an electric vehicle are:
- The ability of an electric vehicle to travel 400 miles or more on a single charge.
- Widespread EV charging.
- Tax reduction on the purchase of a vehicle.
- An electric package cheaper than gas.
- The ability to charge when electric rates are low and power your home out of your car when rates are high.
- The ability to power your home in the event of a power outage.
- The ability to understand the degree of carbon footprint reduction.
For those who already own an electric vehicle or are at least interested in the prospect, these might seem like strange reasons to change their minds, especially since many of these reasons already exist.
As for the main reason, the ability to go 400 miles on a single charge, while not a standard feature, does exist on a few EV models. The first was the Tesla Model S Long Range in 2020, which had an EPA-rated 402 miles per charge. Additionally, many models are capable of traveling nearly 400 miles and can fully charge in sometimes as little as 20 minutes. To further address concerns, due to funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, it is now more likely than ever that charging exists wherever you want to go, and only more stations will appear over time.
Perhaps most disconcerting are the financial incentives that have existed for years for electric vehicles. If you’re worried about not qualifying for tax relief, take a look at state and federal incentives, because chances are there are several incentives that apply to you! Plus, electric vehicles and charging them are cheaper than ever, and with high gas prices, never fear; you’ll likely save on fuel costs too.
Incentives five and six are fairly specific, but these capabilities are coming to more and more electric vehicles every year. The Ford F150 Lightning is one of the best-known options that can address both of these concerns, and for those looking to go the extra distance to stabilize their grid, look no further than the Tesla Powerwall!
Finally, finding your carbon reduction, perhaps more difficult, is not impossible! Engineering Explained made a fantastic video showing how much CO2 you can save depending on where you live. If you want more personalized results, look no further than the first Google result for “EV CO2 Calculator” from Dominion Energy.
Overall, the results of this survey indicate fantastic news for electric vehicle skeptics. EV technology is better than ever and continues to improve every year. Hopefully, with the release of information like this, more consumers will be able to see how much better the electric vehicle is than expected.
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