Most U.S. Consumers Want to Buy an Electric Vehicle: E Source Study Finds 85 Percent Are Ready to Purchase
E Source recently analyzed data from the Nielsen Energy Survey and found that 85 percent of U.S. consumers say they would purchase a battery-driven car either right away (3 percent), when their current car needed replacement (57 percent), or when the technology is proven and it becomes more mainstream (25 percent).
E Source also reports that younger drivers are more willing than older drivers to purchase the electric-only cars, and people who describe themselves as liberals are similarly more inclined to desire the all-electric cars than those classified as conservatives. “We see that all ages and all political mindsets like the plug-in hybrid vehicles equally,” says LeBlanc. “But when it comes to the all-electric car, it appears to be seen as more of a ‘green’ purchase, rather than as a practical upgrade to a more-efficient vehicle.”
Another factor that E Source looked at was how far people drive each day and how that affects their desire for a plug-in electric vehicle. Daily driving habits don’t seem to affect desire for the all-electric vehicle; however, desire for the PHEV grows as people spend more time in their cars. “Overall, the survey supports the existence of a huge untapped market for electric vehicles that can be charged at night at home. People seem very ready to move to the next generation of cars and dramatically decrease the frequency of their visits to the gas station,” reports LeBlanc.
The E Source study examined other variables, including home ownership, type of home, household size, annual income, gender, age, marital status, and ethnicity. More information about the study can be found at www.esource.com/Residential_Energy-Use_2011.
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E Source has been providing unbiased, objective energy research and analysis to over 300 utilities and large energy users for more than 20 years. Our research analysts and consultants predict and address trends, technologies, and problems related to energy efficiency, utility customer satisfaction, program design, marketing, energy management, energy supply, and sustainability. E Source, through an agreement with The Nielsen Company, provides value-added analysis of the Nielsen Energy Survey for the energy industry. The survey contains answers to over 200 questions about energy use and preferences from more than 32,000 respondents. E Source can conduct detailed analysis for utilities and governments on results for specific regions and utility service territories.