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EVs Are Becoming As Popular As Pickups In America

More than 30 million Americans will buy an EV as their next car according to this survey.

Love them or hate them, energy-efficient EVs aren’t going away any time soon. Once considered a niche segment, EV sales have surged rapidly in the last few years thanks to manufacturers enticing us with electric cars that are more affordable and ideal for everyday use thanks to decent battery life. According to an AAA survey, one in seven Americans are now likely to buy an EV as their next car, meaning that more than 30 million Americans will potentially be hopping onto the EV bandwagon in the next few years.

As well as the obvious benefits for the environment, the survey found that lower long-term costs, desire for the latest technology and access to car pool lanes have made EVs more desirable than ever. The biggest revelation, however, is that the number of Americans looking to buy an EV as their next vehicle is approaching the number planning to buy a pickup, which is impressive when you consider that the Ford F-150 is consistently the best-selling vehicle in the US. Additionally, one in five millennials said they would buy an EV as their next car in the survey, suggesting that younger buyers are more inclined to try emerging automotive technology.

“With their lower ownership costs and compatibility with emerging autonomous technologies, electric vehicles are poised to be a key vehicle of the future,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering. Unsurprisingly, Tesla is being widely credited for the rising popularity of EVs. “Tesla — a standout in AAA’s evaluations — has helped widen the appeal of electric vehicles by showing they can be stylish, performance-focused and filled with cutting-edge technology.” The news is particularly surprising when gas prices in America are 40 percent lower than they were five years ago, so it clearly isn’t just the economy benefits that are swaying buyers.

With the upcoming launches of the Tesla Model 3 and Volkswagen I.D. range, EVs are about to become even more mainstream. If the idea of America’s streets being flooded with EVs in the future sounds unsettling, at least we can take solace in the fact that environmentally unfriendly cars like the Dodge Demon are still being made.

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