According to the Consumer Reports survey, 36% of respondents expressed plans to buy an electric vehicle (EV) or were seriously considering it, while an additional 35% said they might consider purchasing one.
The survey revealed significant differences among states, with approximately 65% of Texans and 50% of Californians stating that they didn't consider a hybrid or EV.
Despite some reservations, the Consumer Reports survey and The Zebra study indicate that electric vehicles are gaining popularity among consumers.
Owning an electric car might not be as environmentally friendly as commonly perceived. EVs may not produce emissions during usage, but their manufacturing and electricity production can still contribute to carbon pollution.
Disposing of EV batteries poses environmental challenges since they don't biodegrade and can be hazardous waste. Proper recycling facilities are lacking in certain regions.
The existing charging infrastructure for EVs is struggling to keep up with the increasing demand, leading to customer dissatisfaction with charging stations.
Electric vehicles tend to wear out tires faster than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles due to their sports-car-like acceleration.
The growth of electric vehicles has led to concerns about the shortage of mechanics and skilled workers capable of servicing EVs effectively.
Charging an EV can be time-consuming, especially with some models taking up to 8 to 12 hours to fully charge.
While used electric cars' prices have started to drop, they are still relatively expensive compared to conventional vehicles, making them less accessible to some consumers.