Almost every day we learn of the progress in the development of practical electric cars. Progress does not mean much, however, if nobody is buying things. With this in mind, ZPryme Research & Consulting recently conducted an online survey of 1,046 men and women in the U.S., asking how he felt about various aspects of the purchase of an EV (electric vehicle).
First, only 8.5 percent of respondents said they were very willing to buy an electric vehicle in the next two years, while 28.7 percent are considered unlikely. Of the remaining respondents somewhat or very unlikely, 25.8 percent said they were somewhat likely to buy an electric vehicle in the next five years.
The main reason for buying an electric vehicle would be the price of the vehicle, according to 66. 8 percent of respondents, with a fuel that comes in the number two reasons, at 50.4 percent. Although not cited as a reason for buying an electric vehicle 64. 1 percent of respondents were very or somewhat likely to purchase within the next two years, said that environmental concerns are very important to them. Of those who were very or somewhat unlikely to buy, only 32.4 percent were very concerned about the environment.
Of all respondents, 31.1 percent said they would be willing to pay more for an EV to a conventional vehicle, with 12.6 percent said they would be willing to pay up to $ 5,000 more, and 5.2 percent saying it would pay $ 10,000 more.
Range and charging time
In the very likely that something within the group of two to five years, 33.7 percent said that 400 miles (644 km) would be a sufficient range, 33. 3 percent were willing to settle for 300 miles (483 km). When it was acceptable load times, 32.1 percent indicated that four hours, 18.1 percent indicated that 6 hours, and 20.0 percent is expected for the 8. If it were possible to pay a premium to load the fastest car, 87. 4 percent said they would opt for it. The ability to charge an EV at home is also big business, with 93.2 percent described it as very important.
What was to buy
In terms of brands and models … so, people will not buy a car if you are unaware of its existence. When asked that electric vehicles that he had heard, those interviewed include the Chevrolet Volt (53.1 percent), Ford Focus EV (49.1 percent), Nissan Leaf (30.8 percent) and Tesla Roadster (16.8 percent) – brands such as BYD and ZAP Sat somewhere under 5 percent. When he reached the automaker to which respondents would like to buy an electric vehicle for five brands are: Ford (17.8 percent), Toyota (16.7 percent), Chevrolet (16.0 percent), Honda (12.6 percent) and Nissan (7.1 percent).
While there were no major differences in how receptive people in different geographic quadrants were to electric vehicles, the Western states were the most welcoming, with 40. 1 percent of the respondents were categorized as likely to buy an electric vehicle. The south and the northeastern U.S. came in next at 37.3 and 37 percent, respectively, with the center-west of the entrance to the lowest in 35.3 percent.
What to do
At the end of its 71-page report on the results of the survey, ZPryme makes some predictions about what will happen to electric vehicles to be widely accepted. On the one hand, it is suggested, the vehicles must be integrated with the Internet, wireless networks, telematics, smart phones and users. The “likely” group is apparently a techie group, and would be more interested in vehicles that take full advantage of current technologies.
A smart grid that manages municipal energy systems will also be essential in order to avoid becoming burnt and black-outs due to the overloading of all charging battery. Similarly, the pricing of infrastructure will be put in place, allowing users a lot of opportunities for recharging in the field, but also at home. That the burden should also be required less frequently, with the development of low-cost batteries that can go from 250 to 350 miles (402 to 563 km) on a single charge. The low-cost batteries should help reduce the total price of an electric vehicle to a conventional vehicle, which is another challenge that the reports must be met.
Finally, and not surprisingly, Zpryme suggests that “consumer education is at the heart of the EV adoption.” Whatever progress is made in the EV connectivity, coverage, convenience and price, consumers will not buy electric cars if they are holding in their old misconceptions.