cwerdna wrote:There are some more results from that survey in the article... some are disappointing misperceptions (IMHO), but not entirely surprising.
Good article and survey. Thanks!
And I agree the results are not at all surprising. The article also captured one point that I feel is key:
Tony Markovich of Car and Driver wrote:“There are signs of strong latent demand in the marketplace,” said Moe Kelley, co-director of the survey.
OTOH, I think they have really missed the mark in one of their main conclusions:
Tony Markovich of Car and Driver wrote:Unsurprisingly, AVC’s analysis of the survey indicated that there would be an uptick of growth (AVC estimates 24 times the current market) for the electric-car industry if the vehicles were priced lower, specifically around $35,000.
Sorry, but that's not what is holding people back. BEVs have been available below that price for six years now (both with or without incentives). No, what is holding back BEV acceptance is the lack of sufficient range when new and over the expected life of the vehicle and in all climate conditions at that price point. Period.
Until electric cars that meet many more people's range expectations are available, acceptance will be tepid, at best. I was kinda hoping the Chevy Bolt was gonna help in a big way here, but it seems they are limiting availability to CARB states for the time being. (Not to mention that whenever I mention the Chevy Bolt to someone, 90% of the time people respond with "Oh, yeah, I know about the Volt." Either I am incapable of enunciating that word well enough or Chevy chose a really silly soundalike for their new BEV.)