A US survey found that a majority of people remains hesitant to buy an electric car, despite the auto industry’s commitment to building a growing range of electric vehicles in coming years.
The poll, conducted by the web site Driving-Tests.org, asked 10s of thousands of visitors to its site whether they would consider buying an electric car over a comparably priced gasoline-powered vehicle. Two-thirds of respondents across all age groups said they would not.
The organization, which offers free online practice for student drivers and people planning to take a driving test, noted that a majority of respondents were in the 13-to-35 age bracket. So-called millennials – who are born roughly between 1982 and 2004 – account for 75 pc of all responses. But the web site said that responses varied only slightly between the different age groups.
Driving-Tests.org also found that a majority of people were “extremely concerned” about riding in a fully self-driving car, but it noted that there also were strong opinions to the contrary.
Tesla was widely seen as the brand that would sell more electric and self-driving vehicles than its competitors. Here, the poll showed that, while younger respondents mostly cited Tesla, a majority of older people saw Toyota as the front-runner.