As America continues to lean into the idea of electric vehicles, new research from AAA did find some hesitation, with top objections such as range anxiety, cost and accessibility holding consumers back from plugging into these models.
Armed with that information, AAA Club Alliance (ACA), the fourth largest club in the national AAA federation, recently partnered with Recurrent to ease concerns.
Colleen St. Leger, who is vice president of business acceleration and innovation for AAA Club Alliance, explained through a news release that this new partnership between ACA and Recurrent can provide AAA members who drive electric vehicles with personalized monthly battery reports as a benefit of membership.
AAA’s latest consumer survey, taken in February, revealed that one-quarter of Americans say they would be likely to buy an electric vehicle (powered exclusively by electricity and not a hybrid) for their next auto purchase, with millennials leading the way at 30%.
Of those who want to buy an EV, the common factor is a strong desire to save on fuel costs, with 77% citing this as a top reason for interest, according to the AAA research.
AAA believes with rising gas prices, Americans’ conversion to electric vehicles will continue to increase. However, consumer hesitation surrounding range and accessibility to charging continues to draw concerns.
Other consumer-concern specifics from AAA survey about EVs included:
• Higher purchase price – 60%
• Concern there are not enough places to charge – 60%
• Concern about running out of charge when driving – 58%
• Unsuitable for long-distance travel – 55%
• High cost of battery repair or replacement – 55%
• Unable to install a charging station where they live – 31%
The organization said EV charging stations are popping up everywhere from AAA Car Care Centers to rest areas, fast-food restaurants and shopping centers. There are currently more than 51,000 public plug-ins in the U.S., with more expected soon, according to AAA.
“With higher gas prices this year, we are certainly seeing a lot of interest in electric vehicles,” said Bob Kazmierczak, director of approved auto repairs for AAA Club Alliance. “There are some basic things to consider before deciding whether to purchase an EV, from daily driving habits to charging plan to the cost of ownership. Drivers should also review all tax refund and incentives to make sure their purchase would qualify.”