AAA Survey Doesn’t Offer Positive Outlook for Electric Vehicles

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 8

Survey Conducted by AA Not Favorable for Electric Vehicles

Survey Conducted by AA Not Favorable for Electric Vehicles

Some surveys are EV+.  Others, not so much.  This one gets grouped into that later category.

2014 Chevy Spark EV...Cost is Really a Non-Issue When You Can Lease One for Only $199 Per Month

2014 Chevy Spark EV…Cost is Really a Non-Issue When You Can Lease One for Only $199 Per Month

According to a survey conducted by AAA, 30 percents of driving-age individuals would not buy an electric vehicle due to range limitations.

An additional 26 percent stated that electric vehicle cost deters them from purchasing one.

And 8 out of 10 surveyed stated that they’d prefer to drive off a dealership’s lot with a gas vehicle rather than one that plugs in.

So, negatives all around for this survey, but there’s still some hope.   AAA conducted the survey to gain some knowledge into the topic of electric vehicles.  AAA used this knowledge to add specific EV content to its website to inform potential buyers of the benefits of electric vehicles.
AAA Spokeswoman Bevi Powell says this:

“We want to make them aware of what’s available to them as far as charging stations and any questions they have.  It’s important that they have good and sound resources to answer those questions.  We’re endorsing it as an alternative because a lot of people have different preferences, and this is just another option that is out there.”

The revised website now shows the price difference between charging an electric vehicles and filling up a gas one.  It further shows how EVs are better for the environment and outlines some additional plug-in benefits.  So, there’s positive coming from the surveyed negatives.  Check out AAA’s EV filled site by clicking here.

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8 responses to "AAA Survey Doesn’t Offer Positive Outlook for Electric Vehicles"

  1. David Murray says:

    Lets use these same statistics to say something different.

    70 percents of driving-age individuals would buy an electric vehicle despite range limitations.

    An additional 74 percent stated that electric vehicle cost does not deter them from purchasing one.

    And 2 out of 10 surveyed stated that they’d prefer to drive off a dealership’s lot with a plug-in vehicle, rather than one that runs on gas.

    These statistics don’t sound bad at all for the future of plug-ins. Just depends on how you spin the numbers.

    1. Gene says:

      Here, here!

  2. Bonaire says:

    AAA’s audience and membership is roughly the same as Fox News. Older folks, less tech-inclined. You know, stodgey.

    Things will play out as they will. But of course, being conservative means “being averse to drastic change”.

    1. Brian says:

      I have no idea where you are getting this stereotype from. Yes, they have a lot of older members, largely due to the peace of mind offered by their roadside assistance program. But they also have younger members. I was a member of AAA for many years, when all I could afford were old end-of-life beater cars.

      And being conservative means being averse to change for the sake of change. A true conservative tries to change to accept the new without throwing away all the good parts of the old.

  3. Danpatgal says:

    I stopped being a member of AAA because of their stance against bicycles AND fuel efficiency … this negative survey is no surprise to me. I found a wonderful replacement that encourages vehicle efficiency, offers bicycle coverage, and green offsets: Better World Club: http://www.betterworldclub.com. I suspect if they were to run the same survey, they’d find more respondents willing to give EVs a try. It’s just a matter of who you talk to.

    1. John Talbott says:

      Hear! Hear! And, my insurance company (Amica) has just fine towing insurance. The AAA lobbying effort was not something I wanted to support.

  4. Martin T says:

    Just wait as liquid fuel prices rise – the % will change for greater acceptance.

  5. Steven says:

    There a three kinds of lies… Lies, damned lies, and statistics.