Do Most People Really Want Electric Cars?

According to a Nielsen energy survey analyzed by E Source, eighty-five percent of U.S. consumers say they would purchase a battery driven car. But don’t confuse the latest results with thinking that most American drivers want an all-electric vehicle.

E Source says the data suggests that three percent of consumers would buy a battery drive car right away, twenty-five percent after technology is proven, and fifty-seven percent when their current vehicle needs to be replaced.

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While the report is encouraging to green technology automakers, the best news is for those in the plug-in hybrid market as fifty-eight percent of the respondents prefer the extra range over electric vehicles. Although vehicles like the Nissan Leaf have a range of around 100 miles, and charging stations have begun to roll out around the country, the potential hours it takes to fuel an electric vehicle seems to be a factor in an owner’s decision, making the Chevy Volt a more attractive option.

E Source says younger and more self-qualified liberal people are more likely to want an electric vehicle. Strangely enough, daily driving habits don’t seem to have much, if any, effect on a person’s choice for a green car.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

1 Comment

  • Reply May 14, 2011

    Alex Lester

    Well in this economy few are buying cars that they don’t need, especially if they are smart.

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