Many Americans are avoiding EVs due to high prices, according to polls

When it comes to electric vehicles (EVs), Americans seem to be hesitant to fully embrace this technology. According to a recent consumer poll conducted by the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), cost, range anxiety, and charging infrastructure are among the main concerns for U.S. adults when considering an EV as their next car purchase. The poll surveyed 6,265 American adults, revealing interesting insights into the current state of EV adoption in the country.

Factors Influencing EV Adoption
Cost as a Barrier to Entry
One of the primary reasons cited by nearly 6 in 10 U.S. adults for not being interested in purchasing an EV is the cost. This echoes previous studies and polls, with the Energy Information Administration (EIA) attributing a decline in EV sales in the first quarter of the year to the lack of affordable models. Older adults, in particular, seem to be more concerned about the cost of EVs compared to younger car shoppers.

Generational Divide in EV Interest
Research shows that Gen X and Millennials are among the most likely to purchase EVs, indicating a generational divide in interest towards electric vehicles. Younger U.S. drivers are also reportedly more open to considering Chinese EV brands, suggesting a shift in preferences and attitudes towards different EV manufacturers.

Challenges around Range Anxiety and Charging Infrastructure
Half of U.S. adults cite range anxiety as a major deterrent to buying an EV, while concerns about long charging times and the lack of public charging stations in their areas also play a significant role in their decision-making process. Despite industry claims that the majority of EV drivers primarily charge their vehicles at home, survey results suggest that a significant portion also rely on public charging stations on a weekly basis.

The Future of Public Charging Infrastructure
The federal government’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) effort is slowly gaining momentum, aiming to improve public charging infrastructure across the country. However, Tesla’s recent shift in focus away from expanding its Supercharger network raises questions about the future of public charging infrastructure and whether it will be able to meet the needs of EV drivers in the long run.

While EV adoption in the U.S. faces various challenges such as cost, range anxiety, and charging infrastructure, there is still a significant portion of the population who are open to considering electric vehicles as their next car purchase. As technology continues to advance and manufacturers address these concerns, the landscape of EV adoption in America may gradually shift towards increased acceptance and adoption of this environmentally friendly transportation option.

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