What You Should Know Before You Go Electric

What You Should Know Before You Go Electric

What You Should Know Before You Go Electric

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Electric vehicles (EV) are the wave of the future. While more and more Americans are showing interest in EV, a recent survey by AAA shows that sales for EV are sluggish.

The AAA survey found that 91% of electric vehicle owners are happy with their purchase. It also revealed that 40-million Americans have expressed interest in buying an electric vehicle.

“Misperceptions of electric vehicles such as higher purchase price, lack of choice and range anxiety have kept many consumers from making the switch,” the AAA outlined. “Automakers, however, have been discontinuing gas-powered models in order to make room for more electric vehicles in their fleets.”

The purpose of the AAA survey was to understand the behaviors of electric vehicle owners and examine whether or not experience driving an electric vehicle eases anxiety and improves the overall perception of these vehicles.

Ownership Characteristics 

  • 71% of consumers say they have not previously owned an electric vehicle.
  • 96% of EV owners say they would buy or lease one again the next time they are in the market for a new car.

Buyer Concerns 

  • 91% of electric vehicle owners say they had at least one concern prior to purchasing their car.
  • Insufficient range and finding a place to charge were among the most common.

Post-Purchase Perceptions

  • 77% of those originally concerned about insufficient range became less or no longer concerned.
  • 70% of those originally concerned about lack of places to charge became less or no longer concerned.

“Vehicle ownership, whether electric or gas-powered, is a personal choice that should take many factors into consideration,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group, in a statement. “For consumers who are interested in electric vehicles, AAA recommends visiting a dealership, test driving one and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.”

The survey detailed the following stats:

Driving/Charging Habits

Following the purchase of an EV, the survey found:

  • 43% of EV owners say they drive more now than when they owned a gas-powered car.
  • On average, electric vehicle owners drive 39 miles per day.
  • 78% have one or more gas-powered cars in the household as well, yet 87% report doing a majority of their driving in their electric vehicle.
  • On average, electric vehicle owners do 75% of their charging at home.
  • 95% of EV owners have never run out of a charge.

Ownership Costs 

  • Electric vehicles do not require as much maintenance as gas-powered cars since they do not need oil changes or air-filter replacements.
  • If maintained according to the automakers’ recommendations, electric vehicles cost $949 per year, which is $330 less than a gas-powered car.
  • Over five years and 75,000 miles of driving, the cost to own a new compact electric vehicle is $7,704/annually, which is $590 or 8% more per year than a comparable gas-powered car.
  • The electricity required to drive 15,000 miles/year in an electric vehicle costs an average of $546, while the amount of gas required to drive the same distance costs $1,255, or 130% more.

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