A new study conducted by Pike Research indicates that the number of people ‘extremely’ or ‘very interested’ in electric cars has declined in the last year, from 40% to 36%.
According to PlugInCars.com, key findings from the survey include:
- Consumers often cite insufficient range as a primary reason for their lack of interest in plug-in vehicles.
- Interest in plug-in vehicles did not differ significantly by age, gender, income or level of education.
- Early adopters of the latest types of technology were roughly twice as likely to show interest in plug-ins than the average consumer.
- Familiarity with specific plug-in vehicles varied, ranging from 25 percent to 54 percent, with consumers being most familiar with the Chevrolet Volt
Agendas notwithstanding, our source, TreeHugger, points out that a third of the respondents to the survey spell out the anti-electric talking points that Fox News and Rush media were using to attack the Chevy Volt.
Pike Research also received feedback that one-third of respondents did not agree that plug-in vehicles are much cheaper to own than gasoline vehicles. Also, more than one-third of respondents believe that plug-in vehicle batteries are dangerous and 40 percent of respondents stated that plug-ins often strand their owners when battery power is depleted.