AAA Texas: 1-in-5 U.S. Drivers Want an Electric Vehicle
May 08, 2018 AAA
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Tesla Model X 75D EV
COPPELL, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) - The following is a news release from AAA
American appetite for electric vehicles is heating up. A new AAA survey
shows that 20 percent or 50 million Americans will likely go electric for
their next vehicle purchase, up from 15 percent in 2017. With
lower-than-average ownership costs, increased driving ranges and the latest
advanced safety features, AAA sees a strong future for electric vehicles. To
help “green” car shoppers make an informed choice, AAA conducts independent,
rigorous test-track evaluations of plug-in hybrids, hybrid and
fuel-efficient, gas-powered vehicles.
“Today, electric vehicles have mainstream appeal,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s
director of Automotive Engineering. “While concern for the environment is
still a major motivator, AAA found U.S. drivers are also attracted to the
lower long-term costs and advanced technology features that many of these
Perhaps fueling American’s desire for electric vehicles, AAA’s survey found
that “range anxiety” is beginning to ease. Among those unsure or unwilling
to choose an electric vehicle for their next car, 63 percent (down 9 percent
from 2017) cited not enough places to charge as a detractor while 58 percent
(down 15 percent from 2017) expressed concern over running out of charge
while driving. Not surprisingly, range anxiety is less of a concern for
millennials (48 percent) than Generation X or Baby Boomers (64 percent and
66 percent, respectively).
While range is important to most (87 percent) electric and hybrid vehicle
shoppers, it is not the only consideration. Reliability is king with
nine-in-ten (92 percent) of those likely to by an electric or hybrid vehicle
stating it is important when evaluating which car to buy. Electric and
hybrid car shoppers are also prioritizing crash ratings (77 percent), cost
(71 percent), acceleration and handling (69 percent) and advanced safety
technology such as automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance
(60 percent). Fewer drivers are concerned with style, color, or design of
the vehicle (34 percent) or brand of the vehicle (33 percent). Full survey
results available here.
To help drivers looking to making the switch or find their next green
vehicle, Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center
conducts extensive and thorough testing of high fuel efficiency, hybrid,
plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles each year, and assigns ratings based on
criteria important to buyers such as ride quality, safety and performance.
“A first-time buyer may feel overwhelmed or confused by the differences
between gas-powered, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric,” said Megan
McKernan, manager of Automotive Research Center. “Our evaluations are
designed to help drivers select a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle –
not just the most efficient one.”
In 2018, the following vehicles earned AAA’s Top Green Vehicle award:
Tesla Model X 75D [EV]
Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier
Nissan Leaf SL [EV]
BMW 530e i-Performance [phEV/pih]
Tesla Model S 75 [EV]
Ford F-150 4X4 XLT Sport [ice]
Tesla Model X 75D [EV]
Best Under $30K
Kia Niro LX [hEV]
Best $30K - $50K
Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier
Best Over $50K
Tesla Model X 75D [EV]
Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth
analysis of the green vehicle industry can be found atAAA.com/greencar.
Although Americans may be more eager to buy an electric vehicle, having the
right infrastructure will be critical to its widespread adoption. In 2018,
the availability of charging stations had grown to more than 16,000 in the
United States and, although anxiety over range has reduced, AAA’s survey
found consumer expectation for charging time while on the road may not align
with reality. Seven-in-ten (68 percent) Americans feel that while out
driving, a charging time of no more than 30 minutes is a reasonable amount
of time to wait.
“Today’s drivers are accustomed to a quick fill up at the corner gas
station, but electric vehicle charging can sometimes take several hours,”
said Brannon. “With a little planning, electric vehicle owners can avoid a
roadside inconvenience and, as technology improves, charging times will
Drivers can access charging station locations through AAA’s Mobile app or
TripTik Planner. Additional survey data, study methodology, graphics, photos
and video can be found at NewsRoom.AAA.com.
AAA provides more than 58 million members with automotive, travel, insurance
and financial services through its federation of 36 motor clubs and nearly
1,100 branch offices across North America. Since 1902, the not-for-profit,
fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for safe mobility.
Drivers can request roadside assistance, identify nearby gas prices, locate
discounts, book a hotel or map a route via the AAA Mobile app. To join,
visit AAA.com. (News release from AAA Texas)
[© 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting]
20% of Americans Interested in Buying Electric Cars
May 8, 2018 Paul Ausick
Electric vehicles have come a long way, at least in the minds of new car
buyers. According to a new survey out Tuesday from AAA, 20% of Americans (50
million people) say they are likely to buy an electric vehicle at their next
purchase. That’s up from 15% in the 2017 survey.
The caveat, of course, is that Americans don’t buy 50 million cars a year.
In the past few years the annual sales rate for new cars has been right
about 17 million. Of that total, about 560,000 were all-electric, plug-in
electric or hybrid electric vehicles. That’s right around 3.2% of sales
While lower-than-average ownership costs, increased driving ranges and the
latest advanced safety features offer a strong future for electric vehicles,
according to AAA, the top reason that Americans buy electric vehicles is
concern for the environment.
Environmental reasons remain the top reason for purchase (80%), followed by
lower long-term costs (67%), cutting-edge technology (54%) and access to
carpool lane (35%).
Here are several other findings of the AAA survey:
Women (90%) are more likely to buy an electric vehicle out of concern
for the environment over men (68%).
Three in 10 adults (31%) say they are likely to buy a hybrid vehicle the
next time they are in the market for a new or used vehicle. This level of
interest is unchanged form 2017.
Reliability and fuel economy/range are the most important criteria for
consumers when choosing which hybrid or electric vehicle to buy.
Other considerations include crash rating (77%), cost (71%), vehicle
performance (69%) advanced safety technology such as automatic emergency
braking and lane keeping assistance (60%).
The biggest concern remains range anxiety:
Six-in-ten Americans (63%) who are unlikely (or unsure) to purchase an
electric vehicle are concerned there are not enough places to charge. This,
however, is down from 69 percent in 2017.
Running out of charge while driving (58% versus 68%) and higher cost to
repair or replace the battery (49% versus 55%).
Baby Boomers (66%) and Generation X (64%) are more likely than
Millennials (48%) to be concerned about running out of charge while driving.
One other observation from AAA: The availability of charging stations has
grown to more than 16,000 in the United States and, although anxiety over
range has reduced, AAA’s survey found consumer expectations for charging
time while on the road may not align with reality. Seven-in-ten (68%)
Americans feel that while out driving, a charging time of no more than 30
minutes is a reasonable amount of time to wait. Nearly half of women and a
third of men think a charging time of no more than 15 minutes is reasonable.
The reality is that a fully depleted battery can take several hours to
charge on a Level 2 charger and overnight on a charger that operates on
ordinary household current.
AAA also listed its 2018 Top Green Vehicle Award winners:
Overall: Tesla Model X 75D [EV]
Subcompact Car: Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier
Compact Car: Nissan Leaf SL [EV]
Midsize Car: BMW 530e i-Performance [phEV/pih]
Large Car: Tesla Model S 75 [EV]
Pickup: Ford F-150 4X4 XLT Sport [ice]
SUV/Minivan: Tesla Model X 75D [EV]
Best Under $30K: Kia Niro LX [hEV]
Best $30K to $50K: Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier
Best Over $50K: Tesla Model X 75D [EV]
[© 2018 24/7 Wall St]
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