The majority of Americans were recently surveyed earlier this year by Consumer Reports identified charging logistics as the main barrier to electric car adoption.
61% of respondents who said they weren’t completely sold on buying an electric car said the logistics of EV charging availability – including when and where to charge the vehicle – would dissuade them from buying an electric car to buy or lease.
The research was published Thursday. Respondents said EV range and the cost of buying an electric car can also be a major barrier. However, the Americans surveyed seemed less concerned about being able to fix the car or how it would perform in cold weather.
Increasing charging infrastructure is a top priority for US President Joe Biden. In June, the Biden administration suggested a $7.5 billion investment in a national network of 500,000 EV charging stations. But the current number of charging stations in the US is far from ideal. According to the US Department of Energythere are just over 56,000 public EV charging stations in the country to date.
Consumer Reports isn’t the first to identify loading logistics and range as primary deterrents for U.S. drivers. Last year, Insider’s Dominick Reuter reported that one in five EV owners in California switched back to gasoline because charging was too much of a hassle.
Electric car drivers have reported similar concerns. In June, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal took an electric car on a 2,000-mile road trip and found that the availability of charging, as well as the speed of EV chargers, added hours to her journey.
Consumer Reports surveyed more than 8,000 American adults to gauge consumer interest in buying an electric car. The poll took place between Jan. 27 and Feb. 18 — a time when the average gas price was less than $4 a gallon, per AAA.
The organization found that about 71% of Americans surveyed would consider buying an electric car, although only about 36% of respondents said they would definitely buy or lease one or at least “seriously consider” buying one. to buy an electric car.
“The survey shows that Americans have a clear interest in reducing transportation costs and reducing their impact on the environment,” Quinta Warren, associate director of the organization’s sustainability policy, said in a press release. “It highlights some important concerns, but fortunately many of these barriers to owning an electric-powered electric car can be removed through experience and training.”
In March, Insider’s Tim Levin reported that interest in buying electric cars was increasing as a result of rising gas prices. Since then, fuel prices have risen as high as the national average over $5 a gallon.
In June, Bloomberg reported: that a growing number of Uber drivers were also switching to electric cars. An Uber driver told the publication that she traded in her Toyota Camry for a Tesla Model 3 and ended up saving $15oa a week.
“Most EVs are cheaper to own than comparable traditional cars,” Warren said in the release. “Even if a higher purchase price for a comparable petrol vehicle is taken into account.”