Why Americans don’t like electric cars

A report out this month by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs indicates the public has significant reservations about purchasing EVs. A survey of more than 2,300 adult drivers in 21 large U.S. cities found that the perceived drawbacks of electric vehicles outweigh the advantages for most consumers. The main perceived drawbacks were the price of the vehicles and a limited driving range that requires frequent battery recharging.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    You would have to be nuts to buy an electric car, especially in ND.

  • Don Quixote

    Kevin. Look around at all the Prius’s. They have been selling like hotcakes. I agree with the article that the main problems are price and mileage and you can’t discount the cold weather but with hybrids the cold weather and mileage problems are minimized.

    If I had the money, I’d love to own a Chevy Volt. For day to day driving I rarely go more than 30 miles which is within it’s range on electricity. For long range driving there is a traditional gas engine.

    It might just end up that the “nuts” are those who are stuck in the past with “horse and buggy” gasoline powered cars. A change is coming, we just don’t know what that change will be.