Only 34% Would Consider An EV Purchase For Their Next Vehicle

The demand is skyrocketing, eh?

One-third of Americans would consider EV purchase -Reuters/Ipsos poll

Just over one-third of Americans would consider buying an electric vehicle for their next model, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

The seven-day poll completed on Monday found 34% of all respondents would consider an EV, while 31% said no. Among Democrats 50% said they would consider an EV, while 26% of Republicans and 27% of independents said they would consider.

There are now more than 80 EV models for sale in the United States. EVs represented nearly 6% of all U.S. sales in 2022, with EV sales up by more than 60% last year.

President Joe Biden wants 50% of all new vehicles sold in 2030 to be EV or plug-in hybrid models. Tesla Inc is the leading EV maker in the U.S., but other top-selling models include Ford Motor Co’s Mustang Mach-E SUV, General Motors Co’s Chevrolet Bolt and Hyundai Motor’s Ioniq 5.

Remember, that’s just people who would consider it, not those actively looking to purchase. Heck, I’d consider it. Most of my driving is short trips around town, including to work. Every once in a while I head down to the Smithfield factory outlets, maybe to the one in Mebane. If the range was good enough I’d be OK with the trips to Wrightsville beach 2-4 times a summer. Long distance up to NJ? Well, that could add an hour or more to the trip, but, I usually fly.

The poll found 56% of respondents would be willing to pay no more than $49,999 for an EV. In August, the Biden administration won a significant expansion of $7,500 electric vehicle tax credits and other battery and EV manufacturing incentives to shift the industry toward electric models but EVs are still often significantly above $50,000.

So, a goodly chunk of the respondents were apparently upper middle class and rich folks. I’m sure as hell not willing to pay that much. More like in the low to mid $30k’s. And that might be more than what a lot of folks want.

The poll also found that 35% wanted an EV that offered 500 or more miles of electric driving range per full charge, a distance few EVs offer today. Another 37% wanted a minimum of 300 miles.

EVs are pretty much play cars for the rich, and that won’t be changing anytime soon. Look at the manufacturers who have fully embraced this push. Most people do not want car payments in the $600’s and up, nor to finance a vehicle for 7+ years. And, if they’re so great, why do most of the people pushing this not drive them?

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24 Responses to “Only 34% Would Consider An EV Purchase For Their Next Vehicle”

  1. Subway is planning on electric vehicle charging stations.

    It’s not a bad business model: plug in your Chevy Dolt, eat your sammich, poop in their rest rooms, maybe play with your kids while you spend an hour juicing up your car. But it addressed the reality: plug in electric cars take a long tme to recharge!

  2. Professor Hale says:

    Just over one-third of Americans would consider…

    That is the cheapest form of virtue signaling. Tell people you will consider something, but then don’t actually do it.

  3. L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

    Hey, living in Florida both my dad and I own EV’s. Down here we call them “golf carts” LOL

  4. H says:

    Teach the average price of a new car sold in USA is now 55000$
    Charging times very but the new Tesla’s can give you 200miles in 15 mins, not one hour.
    Battery technology is improving rapidly, it is difficult to stay “current”
    The average waiting time for delivery for an EV is now down to 28 weeks, because Americans don’t want EVs?
    uS EV sales now at 6% will increase 40/50% this year
    Teach the AVERAGE. Monthly new car payment now is already 700,
    That 8? Hour trip to NJ how many stops do you usually take? Do you normally stop and eat ?

    • Dana says:

      Mr H asked?

      That 8? Hour trip to NJ how many stops do you usually take? Do you normally stop and eat ?

      I can’t answer for our distinguished host, but my trips to Pennsylvania, 635 miles, required one stop for gasoline, just ten minutes. I’d get fast food, but eat it on the road.

    • James Lewis says:

      Dear H:


      “Jun 24, 2022Edmunds reported the average amount financed for a new car in the first three months of 2022 was $39,340, up from $35,040 over the same period last year.”

      “Charging times very but the new Tesla’s can give you 200miles in 15 mins, not one hour.”

      Only if you have…. “Tesla Supercharging can add up to 200 miles of range in as little as 15 minutes.” If you don’t have a Supercharger…

      “Tesla Model 3 | Range: 272 miles | $46,990
      NEMA 14-50 (Level 2): Up to 9 hours
      Tesla Wall Connector (Level 2): Up to 9 hours
      Tesla Supercharger (DC Fast Charging): Less than 1 hour
      Tesla Supercharger (DC Fast Charging) to 80%: 25 minutes”

      “Teach the AVERAGE. Monthly new car payment now is already 700”

      I’m waiting for some great deals on repros.

  5. unklc says:

    We are in the middle of a trip to the left coast to visit family. We don’t own an EV [considered a Tesla] but do invest in several EV companies, so we watch what’s going on in the real world. There are places in the southwest, along interstate highways, where even gas and diesel stations are scarce, EV charging is rare. Hell, cell phone service can be rather spotty. Saw almost no EV’s except in and around larger cities. Here in the San Diego area, EV’s are common, even some of the very upscale ones, and charging is readily available.
    EV’s are viable vehicles for the right application. I assume that virtue signaling is such an application. In urban / suburban use they would be useable. Long distance travel would require careful planning and route choice as well as a good auto club plan, cross country travel still has issues for EV’s. Not for old folks, we’ll stick to our ICE vehicle.
    If an EV fits you application, please, buy one. However, know what you are getting into and do your due diligence.

  6. Jl says:

    Johnny, Johnny…when I ask you why electric vehicles, this is probably why you never can answer.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Jilly, Jilly… You know better than use Tony WUWT as a citation. Especially Willis Eschenbach’s opinion pieces!

      • jl says:

        Elwood, Elwood-you know better than to try and refute a source when what you post doesn’t refute the source at all! But I’ll have to remember that-saying “you know better” is a very detailed, well thought-out rebuttal!

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Willis Eschenbach is a massage therapist, carpenter, commercial fisherman, mechanic, tax preparer, peace corps worker who writes sciency stuff for WUWT. Like most Deniers he has ties to the fossil fuels industry.

          According to Dr Roy Spencer, Willis, as a citizen scientist takes data he hasn’t generated and recalculates and remodels it, often taking credit for the work and renaming hypotheses. Said Dr Spencer:

          I applaud Willis, who is a sharp guy, for trying. But now I am asking him (and others): read up on what has been done first, then add to it. Or, show why what was done previously came to the wrong conclusion, or analyzed the data wrong.

          But don’t assume you have anything new unless you first do some searching of the literature on the subject. True, some of the literature is paywalled. Sorry, I didn’t make the rules. And I agree, if research was public-funded, it should also be made publicly available.

          Said Willis in response:

          Over at Roy Spencer’s usually excellent blog, Roy has published what could be called a hatchet job on “citizen climate scientists” in general and me in particular.

          Willis’ antics are characterized as ‘stealing a discipline’. What Dr Spencer suggests is that for the amateurs to be taken seriously they should expose their musings to peer review.

          So no, I won’t spend much time worrying about what guys like Willis write for a non-critical audience. If Dr Spencer can ignore him, so can we. And so should you.

          Below is a list of Willis’ peer reviewed climate papers.

          • drowningpuppies says:

            Somewhere along the way one has missed all the peer reviewed papers written by Rimjob.
            Why hell one can barely find any scientific papers cited by that smartass dumbfuck.
            BTW how’s Galera doing?

            Bwaha! Lolgfy

          • Elwood P. Dowd says:

            I know you are, but what am I. LOL!!

            Triggered much, Shitlipz?

      • drowningpuppies says:

        Yeah, he should probably use Rimjob’s fact filled opinion pieces.

        Thanks, ya dumbfuck, keep bringing the stupid.

        Bwaha! Lolgfy

  7. JimS says:

    I’d consider an electric car…. if I had access to a home charger, and assuming the local electric power infrastructure could handle it. I suspect a lot of transformers would need upgrading. EVs are OK for local driving, but for a road trip, I’d rent an ICE car.

    • Dana says:

      Mr S wrote:

      I’d consider an electric car…. if I had access to a home charger, and assuming the local electric power infrastructure could handle it. I suspect a lot of transformers would need upgrading. EVs are OK for local driving, but for a road trip, I’d rent an ICE car.

      I have a garage with separate power, so I could easily install an EV charging station. The biggest problem around here is that when we lost sparktricity due to a bad storm, it can be out for days. At least as of now, there are no commercial charging stations in the county. We could make a plug-in electric vehicle work, as long as our other vehicle was a gasoline-powered one. I use my 4WD 2010 Ford F-150 for work on the farm, and I suppose that that one could be the plug-in electric, but the F-150 Lightning, at least so far, has a full-sized rear seat and short bed; it’s not really a work truck. More, even the most basic model is over-the-top on bells-and-whistles, a luxury truck.

      What the government doesn’t want to consider is the hybrid. Tremendous fuel mileage, but with a gassoline engine to keep it charged on the road. A lot less fuel burned, but not zero fuel, so the warmunists don’t want to accept it.

      • Professor Hale says:

        It’s all about the applications. EVs are a great solution for short trips around town, when you have your own garage to charge it in… like a golf cart. Not so much as a real car total replacement. Less still a truck replacement.

        The Army is also considering this. Our latest calculations are that without science fiction level of battery development, a typical JLTV will take 85 hours to charge. It’s all about the physics. Tesla can recharge in 40 minutes because it is only 3000 pounds. JLTV is 18,000 and has to go up hill and off road and power lots of gizmos in the vehicle and have power to heat and cool the battery to a normal range. 85 HOURS. We aren’t there yet. Maybe some day. Thee are certainly some advantages if we can work the bugs out.

  8. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    A Gallup poll in 1904 of 1008 white males found 16% +/- 14% planned to buy a new-fangled horseless carriage.

    Said Aloysis Semplefatt of Semolina, Ohio, “I bought an Oldsmobile but I have to carry extra cans of gasoline since refueling stations are rare. Just to be safe we always hitch two dobbins to take with us. When the motor fails, the horses pull us home. The motor had to be replaced after 7 months for $80, and you can’t sell them for much since the motors fail so often. Even worse, men on horses call us ‘girls’, ‘dandies’ and ‘poofs’. I doubt the flivver will catch on.”

    • Bill589 says:

      Groomer Dowd: I am not surprised you repeat this faux ‘argument’. I check out CNN/MSNBC from time to time to find the weeks’ propaganda, so I typically know what your comment will be before reading it.
      Right again.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Goober Bill:

        Can you tell us what you saw? I’ll look it up. Did they also report a 1904 Gallup poll?

  9. L'Roy White says:

    Since George H. Gallup was born in 1901 publishing a poll in his name in 1904 was a miracle. The first Gallup poll was Oct. 20, 1935. Your attempt at comedy is noted.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Thank you, we accept your kudos!

      We suspect the 1904 poll was from George Sr, but we’ll check our sources!

      Of course, the point was that new technologies always present difficulties, hiccups and painful births, and that conservatives have always called others ‘fags’.

      BTW, Aloysius Summa Semplefatt VI contacted me to report I misspelled his great, great, great, great, great grandpa’s given name. My apologies to the Semplefatt clan, and my gratitude that they read The Pirates Cove’s comments!

      Coincidentally, in our unauthorized HS newspaper we often reported quotes from Aloysius’ distant relative, McGrunt Semplefatt of Fair Grove, MO. Small world, indeed.

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