AAA finds interest in going green remains steady but consumers still slow to adopt
AAA Awards Top “Green Cars” of 2019 – View/Download B-Roll here
TAMPA, Fla., – AAA believes Americans have a desire to go green, but many are still hesitant to purchase an electric vehicle.
AAA’s survey found that a majority of Americans (59 percent) are unsure whether electric vehicles have better range when driving at highways speeds or in stop and go traffic. However, automotive research shows that electric vehicles - unlike those running on gas - do better in stop-and-go traffic, because the car can recapture energy to charge the battery when decelerating.
“Today, more than 200,000 electric cars can be found on roads across the country as almost every manufacturer sells them,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations. “But, like other new vehicle technologies, Americans don’t have the full story and that could be causing the gap between interest and action.”
Most Americans do not believe electric vehicles will be on the road in masses in the next 10 years. However, AAA did find that 40 million Americans say they would be likely to consider an electric vehicle for their next car purchase, with Millennials leading the pack.
Concern for the environment and lower long-term costs remain the leading reasons to go green (74 percent and 56 percent respectively). Previous objections to buying electric with regards to price and range anxiety continue to ease and have trended downward significantly:
- Concern that there are not enough places to charge – down 11 percent from 2017
- Concern about running out of charge when driving – down 11 percent from 2017
- Higher cost of battery repair or replacement – down 8 percent from 2017
- Higher purchase price – down 6 percent from 2017
“These vehicles are a big part of the future of transportation since self-driving cars, when they do arrive, will likely be electric,” continued Brannon. “The difference, of course, is that electric vehicles are already here and with the advancements in style and range accomplished over the last few years, they have become an even more viable option for many Americans.”
Consumers interested in electric vehicles, but still unsure should research and learn as much as possible about these types of cars. AAA also recommends drivers:
- Visit a dealership
- Test drive an electric vehicle
- Ask as many questions as possible of the dealer and other electric vehicle owners.
- It is also important to understand charging options available at home to ensure consumers can take full advantage of electric vehicle technology with the least inconvenience.
AAA AWARDS TOP GREEN CARS OF 2019 – View/Download B-Roll
Each year AAA (Automobile Club of Southern California Automotive Research Center) produces its Green Car Guide, which rates electric vehicles as well as hybrids and highly fuel efficient cars based on criteria such as ride quality, safety and performance. This comprehensive guide can serve as a resource to consumers since it not only provides detailed reviews of each car tested, but also offers robust information on green vehicles. Consumers who are on the fence will find that this guide can be a valuable resource for learning more about electric and other environmentally friendly vehicles.
“Consumers may not realize it, but they have many options when it comes to shopping for an electric vehicle,” said Megan McKernan, manager of Automotive Research Center. “The Green Car Guide can help first-time and even return buyers navigate the marketplace and dispel any misconceptions they may have about these types of vehicles.”
In 2019, the following vehicles earned AAA’s Top Green Car award:
Visit AAA.com/GreenCar for winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth analysis of the green vehicle industry.
A telephone omnibus survey was conducted April 4-7, 2019. A total of 1,000 interviews were completed among adults, 18 years of age or older.
A dual-frame approach was used that combined land-line and cell phone interviews to ensure that adults who only or primarily communicate via cell phones are included and properly represented. Survey responses are weighted by six variables (age, gender, geographic region, race/ethnicity, education, and landline vs. cell phone only) to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total continental US population, 18 years of age and older.
The margin of error for the study is 3.8% at the 95% confidence level. Smaller subgroups will have larger error margins.
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The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 59 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. Visit AAA on the Internet at AAA.com.