Most major automakers are staking their futures on the idea that consumers will soon be ready to buy electricity stored in a battery pack. We thought now would be a good time to look at the trends in consumer opinions and the availability of electric cars this year.
Consumer Reports survey of American adults with a valid driver’s license conducted July – August of 2020 shows some interesting results.
4% “Definitely” plan to get an EV for their next vehicle
27% Will consider an EV for the next purchase
40% Have some interest in getting and EV is the future – not next purchase
29% Uninterested in ever getting an EV
The two biggest barriers cited in the survey are vehicle charging and the price of EVs. Additional barriers include:
More kinds of EVs. 71% of drivers agree that the variety of EV vehicle types should be larger.
Consumer-friendly EV charging rates. 68% of the responders indicate that electric utilities should offer discounts to charge EVs.
EV Purchase Rebates. 60% agree that incentives and tax rebates for plug-in EVs should be available to all consumers.
Invest in EV Infrastructure. 55% of drivers agree that their state should increase the availability of EV charging stations.
Interest by Generation
70% Gen X
66% Baby Boomer
58% Silent Generation
Electric Cars Available in 2021
The list below includes driving range and price.
BMW i3 - BMW i3: 153 miles, $45,445; BMW i3S: 153 miles, $48,445
Chevrolet Bolt - Bolt EV: 259 miles, $41,895
Hyundai Ioniq Electric - SE: 170 miles, $34,020; Limited: 170 miles, $39,950
Lucid Air - Dream Edition: 503 miles, $169,000; Grand Touring: 517 miles, $139,000; Touring: 406 miles, $95,000; Base: 406 miles, $77,400
Mini Cooper SE - Signature: 110 miles, $30,750; Signature Plus: 110 miles, $34,750
Iconic: 110 miles, $37,750
Nissan Leaf - Nissan Leaf S: 149 miles, $32,525; Nissan Leaf SV: 149 miles, $35,115; Nissan Leaf S Plus: 226 miles, $39,125; Nissan Leaf SV Plus: 215 miles, $40,675; Nissan Leaf SL Plus: 215 miles, $45,520
Polestar 2 - Polestar 2: 233 miles, $61,200
Porsche Taycan - Taycan 4S Performance Battery: 203 Miles, $105,150; Taycan Turbo: 201 Miles, $152,250; Taycan Turbo S: 192 Miles, $186,350
Tesla Model 3 - Standard Range Plus: 263 miles, $39,190; Long Range: 353 miles, $48,190; Performance: 315 miles, $56,190
Tesla Model S - Long Range Plus: 402 miles, $69,420; Performance: 334 miles, $91,990
For more information about each EV from Motor Trend, click here.
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