What’s Happening: A recent consumer survey commissioned by MINI USA for Earth Day reveals changing perspectives and considerations regarding electric vehicles (EVs) among American consumers, comparing results to a similar survey carried out four years ago.
Why It Matters: The survey highlights the growing acceptance and awareness of EVs in the US, with almost half of respondents planning to purchase an electric vehicle within the next five years. This reflects a shift in consumer sentiment and demonstrates the potential for increased EV adoption.
- Price remains the main barrier to EV adoption, with 44% of respondents citing cost as a significant deterrent.
- Lack of reliable public charging stations is another concern, with 18% of participants mentioning it as a hindrance.
- Awareness of local charging stations has risen from 26% in 2019 to 44% in 2023, indicating growing familiarity with EV infrastructure.
- Consumers expect faster charging times, with 72% considering an acceptable charging time to be at or under an hour.
- Only 15% of respondents cited driving range as their primary setback in purchasing an EV, suggesting that concerns about range are diminishing.
- Cost remains the top concern for potential EV buyers, with 58% unwilling to consider an electric vehicle unless it is equal to or cheaper than a gas-powered counterpart.
- Young consumers, aged 18 to 34, show a different trend, with 56% willing to pay more for an electric car compared to 33% of those aged 45 to 64.
Bottom Line: The survey underscores the evolving attitudes towards EVs in the US, revealing a greater willingness to adopt electric vehicles and a growing understanding of their benefits. However, issues like cost and charging infrastructure remain barriers to widespread adoption. As automakers like MINI continue to develop and offer more affordable and accessible electric vehicles, the industry must also work on educating consumers and promoting the benefits of electrification in order to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable transportation future.