More than half of Americans either strongly or somewhat support the idea of weaning the United States off fossil fuels entirely within 10 years — the central tenet of the Green New Deal — including a third of Republicans and 57% of independents.
Currently, about 1 percent of cars sold in the United States in 2017 were electric, according to EVAdoption.com, which tracks the industry. Meanwhile, about 2 percent of U.S. homes had solar installations at the start of 2019, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association. . . .
The first part is pretty comical given the low adoption of EVs. They support it yet aren't willing to do their part. As I complained about at https://priuschat.com/threads/consumer- ... st-1418435
re: Americans wanting higher fuel economy standards, well, even before any EVs/PHEVs were available, Americans could always buy a fuel efficient vehicle. No need to wait for the govt to raise standards.
What surprises me is the number of multi-car households that don't have a plug-in. After current tax credits and rebates, they can cost same or less than a comparable ICEV and are far more efficient on total life time ownership cost. But change is hard and scary. Even those with an ICEV in the family for the infrequent trips that require longer range, aren't willing to make the switch.
Outside of CARB emission states, I suspect the problem is lack of marketing and awareness and in some cases, even availability. For the US market, many EVs and some PHEVs are CA or CARB emission states only.
As I posted at https://www.chevybolt.org/forum/9-2017- ... post507973
, there's a guy in Frackville, PA who was somewhat interested in a Bolt yet his Chevy dealer who he's been going to for 32 years isn't interested in carrying them.
I hope he doesn't mind me quoting his post in its entirety:
Speaking of the Chevy Bolt I was just at my local Chevy dealer that I have been going to for 32 years and I asked the owner if he was getting any Bolts. The answer is no as I was the first customer who inquired about one. He did tell me that it will cost him a little over $100,000 investment in the service department. He has to have one service bay, one service tech trained for the Bolt, and various tools and equipment to work on the Bolt. It is the tools and equipment that his holding him back as it would make no sense to buy all that if no one is interested in the vehicle.
He was not surprised that I was the first one to ask about the Bolt. He mentioned it to his wife a few months ago that he bet that when I come in for inspection that I would inquire about one. I told him I would prefer to buy a Bolt for all the local trips I take and just keep my gas guzzling heavy duty pickup for work. I told him it makes no sense to invest $48,000 buying a new pickup and use it for a daily driver anymore. It is cheaper for me to repair and maintain the pickup and invest in the Bolt. He did agree with my thought process on this.
Those that work in the sales department all talked the Bolt down but I suspect that tone will change if the demand started to go up for these vehicles. Heard the various excuses like they like the power and roar on the internal combustion engine when you step on the throttle.
The above was from Sept 2017. I asked him again in Sept 2018 and there was no change.
Also, many states provide little or no cash incentive/rebates or any other incentive (e.g. HOV stickers) to get a BEV or PHEV. Heck, I'm not eligible for the $2500 CVRP because I make too much. I so far have never been eligible for CVRP for one reason or another, but knew that going into it.