Monday, May 2, 2011

Do Most People Really Want Electric Cars?

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According to a Nielsen energy survey analyzed by E Source, eighty-five percent of U.S. consumers say they would purchase a battery driven car. But don’t confuse the latest results with thinking that most American drivers want an all-electric vehicle.


E Source says the data suggests that three percent of consumers would buy a battery drive car right away, twenty-five percent after technology is proven, and fifty-seven percent when their current vehicle needs to be replaced.

While the report is encouraging to green technology automakers, the best news is for those in the plug-in hybrid market as fifty-eight percent of the respondents prefer the extra range over electric vehicles. Although vehicles like the Nissan Leaf have a range of around 100 miles, and charging stations have begun to roll out around the country, the potential hours it takes to fuel an electric vehicle seems to be a factor in an owner’s decision, making the Chevy Volt a more attractive option.

E Source says younger and more self-qualified liberal people are more likely to want an electric vehicle. Strangely enough, daily driving habits don’t seem to have much, if any, effect on a person’s choice for a green car.

source: earthtechling