If Nissan and GM hope to drive decent sales of their upcoming Leaf and Volt electric cars, it looks as if they are going to need to do a lot more to educate consumers on how effective these types of vehicles can truly be on the open road. That is one of several takeaways from a new Cars.com survey, which found that 40 percent of those asked “still feel they don’t know enough about the technology to consider an electric vehicle for their next purchase.”
Cars.com found in its survey that over half of those who said they would not yet buy an electric car were suffering from what has been called range anxiety, which is basically the idea that your electric car will run out of a charge while you are driving it in the same long distance manner you are already used to with regular gas-powered vehicles. This longer driving distance notion was further reinforced by the notation that “43 percent said they drive distances greater than electric technology will currently allow.”
Looking beyond range anxiety as a non-buying factor, other mentioned items which concerned consumers included cost, infrastructure and time needed to charge an electric vehicle. It was interesting to note that 36 percent of those asked “don’t have or don’t want to pay for an electric outlet in their garage for charging an electric vehicle” and also that 41 percent believed fully recharging of an electric car should take less than two hours.