About one quarter of U.S. consumers said they are likely to consider an electric vehicle (EV) on their next auto purchase, according to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports asked 1,752 adults about their views regarding electric vehicles. 26 percent of adult respondents said that they would consider an EV, with 7 percent saying they are very likely to consider one.
72 percent they are unlikely to contemplate buying an electric vehicle, but 63 percent agreed that they’d be more likely to buy an EV if their place of employment offered charging stations.
Among other interesting findings: the median range that consumers said they wanted from an electric car was 89 miles. But, 45 percent said that they would be satisfied with a driving range of under 75 miles and 29 percent said that under 49 miles would be fine. Meanwhile another 29 percent said that they require a daily range of at least 200 miles.
One fifth of respondents said they would not pay a premium for an EV while another fifth said they would pay up to $5,000 extra. The median premium that people would pay was only $2,068.[source: Consumer Reports]