28% of Americans are still not considering buying an electric car

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More than a quarter of Americans said they would not buy an electric car, according to a Consumer Reports poll released Thursday.

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Price, range and access to charging stations remain the main barriers to buying an electric car. But Consumer Reports has identified a new factor: a lack of information about electric vehicles.

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A survey of 8,027 adults found that 14% would definitely buy or rent an electric car only, 57% would consider doing so, and 28% would not consider purchasing an electric car. Age, income, and education correlate with willingness to drive.

According to the survey, lack of knowledge about available tax incentives, the environmental impact and how an electric car works is an important factor in the adoption of an electric car. Nearly half of Americans (46%) have not heard of any benefits for electric vehicle owners.

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“Some of us have questions about moving to electric vehicles as many of us are not familiar with them,” said Dr. Quinta Warren, Associate Director of Sustainability Policy at Consumer Reports. “Expanding charging options and boosting incentives, combined with educational campaigns and getting more people involved in the personal experience of using electric vehicles, could drive the uptake of electric vehicles.”

When asked about the top three concerns when buying or renting an electric car, 61% of respondents said they were worried about the logistics of charging, 55% said they would worry about how many miles the car could go before it needed to be charged, and 52% named the costs associated with buying, owning and maintaining an electric vehicle.


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