Survey says many more drivers could use EVs

Convincing consumers to consider electric vehicles is getting easier if you consider the booming sales figures. But there’s still resistance among a lot of potential buyers.

So we’re glad to see this recent survey from the Union of Concerned Scientists that showed that more than 40 percent of U.S. households with cars could use today's plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles without changing their driving habits.

“One key way we’re working to dramatically cut U.S. oil use over the next 20 years and reduce global warming emissions is by expanding clean vehicle options for drivers,” according to their report.

“Unfortunately, one obstacle we’re up against is the misperception that innovative solutions like electric vehicles can only work for a select few people with short commutes and access to fancy charging stations. But that's not true.”

The UCS partnered with the Consumers Union on a survey of American drivers that showed nearly 70 percent of U.S. households have weekday driving habits within the range of nearly all battery electric vehicles on the market today, and nearly two thirds of Americans think electric vehicles are an “essential part of our nation's transportation future for reducing oil use and global warming pollution.”

“That shows serious room for growth from the less than 1 percent of U.S. households who currently own an EV—and it’s great news for the climate, saving consumers money on fueling costs, and halving projected U.S. oil use,” according to a UCS statement.