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EVs Becoming More Unpopular – Buyers Looking Towards Hybrids, AAA Says


The charge is dying on the popularity of electric vehicles in the United States, AAA says. In the organization’s recent annual survey AAA says there was a decline in consumer interest for buying an electric vehicle. Only 18% of Americans answered the survey saying they’d be “very likely” to buy a new or used EV. That number is down 23% from last year.

AAA says the survey also shows a large majority of Americans, 63%, said they are unlikely or even very unlikely to buy an EV for their next vehicle.

“Early adopters who wanted an EV already have one,” said Greg Brannon, director of automotive research at AAA. “The remaining group of people who have yet to adopt EVs consider the practicality, cost, convenience, and ownership experience, and for some, those are big enough hurdles to keep them from making the jump to fully electric.”

The main concern towards the decline? The lack of available charging options for vehicles and range anxiety. 3 in 10 who took the survey also noted they didn’t have the ability to install a charging station where they live. Other concerns included the high purchase price, high cost of repair/battery replacement, and lack of long range options.

However, the trend for consumers moving to a hybrid vehicle, continues to increase. Reasonings why consumers are choosing a hybrid instead of an EV include they are capable for long distance traveling, not dependent on public charging stations, and have no range anxiety.

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