What Do Experts Say About The Electric Vehicle Market In The USA?
According to the new study of the American Automobile Association (AAA), about 20 percent of Americans intend to buy an electric car in the future. Last year there were 15 percent of such people.
The AAA attributes the increase in the number of potential buyers in the EV segment with the fact that there are more offers of electric cars on the market. Almost all automakers offer electrified versions of their models today.
Despite this, the actual sales of electric vehicles in the US remain relatively low. Although sales increased by almost a quarter from 2016 to 2017, the share of all-electric cars remains negligible – 0.05% of all sales of new vehicles.
Among those respondents who said they planned to buy electric cars, 80 percent indicated environmental benefits as the main motivator. Two-thirds of potential EV buyers said that long-term savings would affect their decision to purchase. They called the fuel economy and high predictable reliability of electric vehicles the main buying factors.
Indeed, electric cars are more reliable than those with internal combustion engines, because they are less complex and have fewer moving parts to break.
Some reliability problems, which motorists have to face, are with new multi-speed transmissions. Having a one-speed, direct drive eliminates any of those issues.
Most new electric vehicles have high marks in the Consumer Reports reliability ratings. For instance, CR has given a high mark to the new all-electric Chevrolet Bolt and called it “the most reliable car GM makes, which is especially impressive for a completely new model.”
Source: Consumer Reports
Photo: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV