Find quantifiable data regarding what people look for when shopping for and purchasing an electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

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Find quantifiable data regarding what people look for when shopping for and purchasing an electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

In a survey conducted by CleanTechnica, 88% of respondents chose “super-fast charging” as the most required feature when considering or planning to buy an electric vehicle. 70% of respondents expect their next electric vehicle to have a range greater than 250 miles and 38% of respondents would prefer an electric vehicle of compact size, while 33% would prefer an electric vehicle of Intermediate size.

FINDINGS

Our research is based on the studies conducted by trusted industry analysts such as CleanTechnica, KPMG, and AAA. There are very few publicly available reports providing quantitative data about the category of features that Electric Vehicle consumers consider to be the most important. Most of the available reports were guides and tips on choosing an electric vehicle to fit according to personal preferences. However, we were able to identify the CleanTechnica's survey, which provided insight into the sentiments of electric vehicle consumers.

What most inspired people to purchase an EV?

As per the survey by ClearTechnica, 45% of the responded bought electric vehicles because of the attached environmental benefits, 22% for financial savings, and 22% for love of the new technology.

most attractive car class for buying an electric vehicle in future

In terms of the most popular electric car category, 38% of respondents voted for buying an electric vehicle of compact size in the future, 33% would opt for an electric vehicle of intermediate size, 26% of them would go with an SUV, and 26% of all respondents indicated their interest in purchasing a full-sized SUV in the future.

MInimum acceptable driving range on a full charge

With regard to the minimum driving range on a full charge, 34% of respondents mentioned about an electric vehicle with 220-mile range as acceptable. 29% of respondents considered an electric vehicle with 100-mile range acceptable and 28% of respondents considered an electric vehicle with 250 miles range acceptable.

EXPECTED RANGE FOR THE NEXT ELECTRIC VEHICLE

70% of respondents mentioned about expectation from their next electric vehicle about having a range greater than 250 miles. Among all respondents, 40% of respondents expect their next electric vehicle to have a range between 191-220 miles and 28% of respondents expect their next electric vehicle to have a range between 221–250 miles.

POTENTIAL REQUIREMENTS for buying a specific EV model

The survey report also questioned the respondents about the most important features in electric vehicles, when planning to buy one. 88% of respondents chose “super fast charging” as the most required feature when considering or planning to purchase an electric vehicle, 78% of respondents chose “level 3 fast charging” as the most required feature. Whereas 52% of respondents chose “autonomous driving”, 48% of respondents vouched for “all wheel drive”, and 37% of respondents chose “5 seats” as the most required feature when considering or planning to buy an electric vehicle.

IMPORTANT FEATURES THAT COULD MAKE PEOPLE SELECT ONE ELECTRIC VEHICLE OVER ANOTHER

To the survey question about "Which features would you love to have in an electric vehicle, and could make you select one model over another?", the 87% of respondents mentioned about selecting an electric vehicle that has “super-fast charging” over one that does not, 77% of respondents would select an electric vehicle that has “over-the-air software update” over one that does not, 70% of respondents would select an electric vehicle that has “autonomous cruise control” over one that does not, 60% of respondents would select an electric vehicle that has “charging status app” over one that does not, 58% of respondents would select an electric vehicle that has “all-wheel drive” over one that does not and 52% of respondents would select an electric vehicle that has “key less start, stop, & entry” over one that does not.

The BIGGEST CONCERNS OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT OWN OR DRIVE AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

AAA has found out that even though the electric vehicles are an attractive option for the American car shoppers, "more than half of them are hesitant to make the switch due to “range anxiety” — the concern over running out of charge or having too few locations to charge a vehicle." According to AAA, public charging (84%) and the high purchase cost (83%) are the biggest concerns for the Americans who do not drive or own an electric vehicle.

CONCLUSION

According to AAA, public charging (84%) and the high purchase cost (83%) are the biggest concerns for the Americans who do not drive or own an electric vehicle. In a survey report by CleanTechnica, 88% of respondents chose “super fast charging” as the most required feature when considering or planning to purchase an electric vehicle, 78% of respondents chose “level 3 fast charging” as the most required feature. Whereas 52% of respondents chose “autonomous driving”, 48% of respondents vouched for “all wheel drive”, and 37% of respondents chose “5 seats” as the most required feature when considering or planning to buy an electric vehicle.
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