A new poll suggests that the majority of Americans don’t want an EV or hybrid in their garage despite the recent push for electrification, and only about three out of ten are likely to buy an electric or hybrid vehicle as their next automotive purchase.
The poll, conducted collaboratively by Yahoo! Finance and Ipsos, ran for three days from September 29th through October 1st and drew its conclusions from the responses of 1,025 U.S. citizens.
Out of those who responded, 57 percent asserted their next vehicle purchase would not be an EV, a classification that includes plug-in hybrids for purposes of the poll. A further 11 percent stated that they were undecided at this point, while 31 percent answered affirmatively that their next purchase might be an EV. Only 7 percent said they were “extremely likely” to buy an EV, with the balance only “somewhat likely” to do so.
The poll also studied the demographics of potential EV buyers and the reasons why those consumers who had no interest in EVs preferred ICE transportation. Both income and age affected EV interest, with buyers earning under $50,000 being 60 percent against acquiring an electric vehicle and those 65 years old or older 70 percent against an EV purchase.
Politics also factored in, with 76 percent of Republicans unlikely to buy an EV. Even among Democrats, though, only 41 percent described themselves as “likely” to buy an EV, with the majority still preferring ICE. Roughly 61 percent of Americans oppose banning new ICE vehicle sales, with 16 percent undecided and just 7 percent strongly in favor of a ban.
Cox Automotive industry insights director Stephanie Valdez-Streaty opined that while “there’s a lot of different factors” preventing more interest in EVs, “it’s price, it’s infrastructure; I think that range anxiety is really infrastructure anxiety.”
The biggest group of those opposed to buying an electric vehicle, 77 percent, cited “lack of charging stations on the road or charging at home” as one of their chief objections to the new automotive technology. Other major motivators were insufficient range (73 percent) and the price and cost of ownership (70 percent). About 60 percent worried about electric transport’s environmental impact.
GM wasn’t the first choice among EV automakers among those respondents planning to buy an electric vehicle or hybrid as their next car. Toyota was the leading brand for prospective EV purchases at 30 percent and Tesla in second place at 23 percent. GM was in fourth place at 15 percent, essentially tied with fifth-place Ford at 14 percent.