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Consumer appetite increases for electric vehicles

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Compact CarVolkswagen e-Golf SE Subcompact CarChevy Bolt EV Premier LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply AAA unveils top electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles A new AAA study reveals that consumer interest in electric vehicles remains high, showing that more than 30 million Americans are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car. In fact, the number of Americans interested in an electric vehicle approaches the number that is planning to purchase a pickup truck, with the survey showing that 15 percent are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car. Millennials are even more accepting of electric vehicles, with nearly one-in-five interested in going electric for their next car.“Electric vehicles have become more affordable, attractive, and they include innovative technology,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Many consumers view electric vehicles as the cars of the future, but AAA still encourages consumers to do their homework when choosing an EV to determine whether or not it is a good fit for their lifestyle.”AAA found consumers who want to purchase electric and hybrid vehicles are more concerned with the long-term benefits like reducing their carbon footprints, fuel economy, and charging station infrastructure.“Electric Vehicles are energy efficient, and environmentally friendly,” continued Waiters. “Potential buyers also like the fact that electric vehicles require less maintenance than internal combustion engines.”With a focus on the future, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center rates and ranks electric vehicles, hybrids, compressed natural gas-powered (CNG), diesels and high fuel economy gasoline-powered vehicles for the annual AAA Green Car Guide.  Vehicles are rated on the criteria that matter most to car buyers, including ride quality, safety and performance.In 2017, the following vehicles earned AAA’s Top Green Vehicle award: PickupFord F150 XLT Super Crew OverallTesla Model X 75D SUVTesla Model X 75D CategoryWinnercenter_img Midsize CarLexus GS 450h F Sport The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSAAAElectric Vehicles Previous article7 Insider Tips for Shopping at CostcoNext articleApopka Rotarian of 60 years honors great grandson Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth analysis of the green vehicle industry can be found at www.AAA.com/greencar .While electric vehicles are an attractive option for car shoppers, AAA found that more than half of Americans are hesitant to make the switch due to “range anxiety” – the concern over running out of charge or having too few locations to charge a vehicle. This fear persists despite the fact that U.S. drivers report an average round-trip commute length (31 miles) and time (46 minutes) that are well within the range of the more than 100 miles of range that most electric vehicles offer.U.S. drivers report average daily work commutes of 46 miles round trip, driving and average of 31 minutesThe average reported commute time and distance is within range of most electric vehicles sold.Almost 4 out of 5 (78%) U.S. drivers report commutes of an hour or less, round trip. One-in-five (22%) report commutes of greater than one hour round trip.The majority (66%) U.S. drivers report commutes of under 30 miles round trip, while 17 percent report commutes of between 31 and 60 miles. Only 17 percent of U.S. drivers report commutes of more than 60 miles round trip daily.To assist with range anxiety, members and non-members can find electric vehicle charging stations along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app also can be used to fine electric vehicle charging stations located at specific AAA branches; as well as, find current gas prices, map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at www.AAA.com/mobile. For information on becoming a member, please visit www.AAA.com.Safe Driving Tips for Electric Vehicle DriversMotorists should keep electric vehicle parked in cool place. Electric vehicle drivers should keep their vehicle in the garage or the shade to reduce the internal temperature, and cool the interior while the vehicle is plugged in to reduce the drain on the battery.Ensure your EV battery is properly charged. This ensures your car is ready to drive whenever you need it.Map out trip. Motorist should make sure there are electric vehicles charging stations on their routes. Mapping tools such as the AAA TripTik® Travel Planner pinpoint charging stations to keep motorists on the go.Tire pressure. Proper tire pressure on electric vehicles is a benefit just as it is for gas vehicles. Fuel economy is reduced as rolling resistance increases — soft tires make your vehicle work harder. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Large CarTesla Model S 60 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more