Most US residents believe EVs combat climate change

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The results of a survey conducted by French-based multinational market research firm Ipsos and electric vehicles (EV) charging solutions firm EVBox states that the majority of American residents believe that EVs are instrumental in combating climate change.

Out of the 2,000 Americans surveyed, 525 agree that EVs are vital to mitigate climate change and four in ten (41%) of Americans say they would consider an EV for their next car.

The study has highlighted the top three concerns hindering the adoption of EVs, namely; vehicle expense, cost of charging and charging availability.

The study has also backed previous reports highlighting the need to expand EV charging infrastructure to accelerate the transition more quickly from gas cars to emission-free EVs.

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The majority of Americans with EVs say there is a need to address the shortage of EVs as they could not find one when they needed it. Only 18% of Americans, and 30% of potential EV drivers, say that there are enough charging stations in their area.

Nearly 4 in 10 (39%) EV drivers said they’ve had problems charging their EVs at public charging stations that were broken, not designed to accommodate people with disabilities, or otherwise difficult to use.

The typical US EV driver is young (18 to 34), male, highly educated, and charges their EV mostly at home (73%). Most EV drivers own multiple cars — often, an EV plus a gas car — a sign that drivers don’t feel comfortable going fully-electric without a backup because EV charging infrastructure is not yet widely available.

To date, the US has 100,000 EV chargers only, yet the number of EVs is expected to increase to 35 million EVs by 2030, a development which will expand demand heavily.

Regulation, increased funding and more collaboration between various sectors including utilities, automakers, academia and the private sector is expected to make the transition to EVs a reality.

President Joe Biden has pledged to build 500,000 EV charging stations over the next decade, a move that follows the US re-joining the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The survey has highlighted Americans support recent clean energy policy and market developments.

Other key study findings include:

  • Most (59%) say climate change is personally important to them. Among those inclined to buy an EV (749 potential EV drivers), 83% share this view. 
  • A majority (54%) of Americans, and 79% of potential EV drivers, have a (very) positive view of the Paris Agreement.
  • More than 4 in 10 Americans (45%) — and 7 in 10 (72%) potential EV drivers — say environmental considerations are important when buying a car.
  • Nearly 7 in 10 (69%) potential EV drivers say President Biden’s plan to expand tax incentives for EV purchases makes them more inclined to buy an EV.

Find out more about the survey here.