Why Aren't Americans Plugging into Electric Vehicles?

AAA finds interest in going green remains steady but consumers still slow to adopt

A new survey from AAA finds that 40 million Americans say they would be likely to consider an electric vehicle for their next car purchase. Today, there are more than 200,000 electric cars found on roads across the country. So, why so much interest and so little action?

Americans may not have a solid understanding of electric vehicle performance, says AAA, which may be giving consumers pause when it comes to buying one. And while the level of concern may be lessening, consumers are still worried about not enough charging stations, running out of charge while driving, higher cost of battery repair or replacement, and higher vehicle purchase price.

“Electric vehicles are already here and with the advancements in style and range that have been made over the last few years, they are a viable option for many Americans,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “But like with other new vehicle technologies, consumers not having the full picture of these cars could be causing the gap between interest and action.”

AAA’s survey also showed that, for people likely to purchase an electric vehicle, the driver of their interest is concern for the environment, lower long-term costs, and cutting-edge technology. Two-thirds of them would be willing to pay more to buy an electric-powered vehicle than they would pay for a gas-powered vehicle.

Consumers interested in electric vehicles, but still unsure should research and learn as much as possible about these types of cars. AAA also recommends drivers visit a dealership, test drive an electric vehicle and ask as many questions as possible of the dealer and other electric vehicle owners. It’s also important to understand charging options available at home to ensure consumers can take full advantage of electric vehicle technology with the least inconvenience.


AAA’s Annual Green Car Guide

Each year, AAA produces its Green Car Guide, which rates electric vehicles as well as hybrids and highly fuel-efficient cars based on criteria such as ride quality, safety and performance. This comprehensive guide can serve as a resource to consumers since it not only provides detailed reviews of each car tested, but also offers robust information on green vehicles. Consumers who are on the fence will find that this guide can be a valuable resource for learning more about electric and other environmentally friendly vehicles.

In 2019, the following vehicles earned AAA’s Top Green Car award:




2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Subcompact Car

2019 Chevy Bolt Premier

Compact Car

2018 Nissan Leaf SL

Midsize Car

2018 Tesla Model 3 RWD

Large Car

2018 Tesla Model S P100D


2018 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercrew


2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Best Under $30K

2019 Toyota Camry SE

Best $30K - $50K

2018 Nissan Leaf SL

Best Over $50K

2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

            Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth analysis of the green vehicle industry can be found at www.aaa.com/greencar.

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