Who’s Most Likely to Buy Electric Vehicles?

4 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 7

A Now-Dated Lineup of Electric Vehicles For Sure

A Now-Dated Lineup of Electric Vehicles For Sure

According to a recent consumer survey conducted by Zpryme, only 4.4 percent of US adults were “very likely” to purchase an electric vehicle over the next year.

Is He in That 18 to 24 Group?

Is He in That 18 to 24 Group?

More males (5.5 percent) than females (3.3 percent) were “very likely” to buy or lease an electric vehicle.

Individuals from 18 to 24 years old were the most likely to indicate that they would buy or lease an electric vehicle.

Additional findings from the survey include that 85.7 percent were not likely to buy or lease an electric vehicle. with 8.4 percent saying they were somewhat likely to make an electric vehicle purchase and 6.7 percent stated they already owned an EV.

Regionally, more respondents from the Midwest (8.6 percent) were likely to purchase an electric vehicle than from any other region in the US.

Zpryme collected data via the internet from 1,001 U.S. adults during April of 2013.  Respondents were asked to discuss their intent to buy/lease a plug-in vehicle over the next 12 months.

via Zpryme

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7 responses to "Who’s Most Likely to Buy Electric Vehicles?"

  1. Brian Smith says:

    I hope I’ll get surveyed for this stuff one day. I’ll probably be the only person over 40 who will insist they will never buy a gas car again.

  2. Brian says:

    I have to ask – did they filter out those people who weren’t likely to buy ANY car in the next 12 months?

    If I were asked simply “how likely are you to buy an EV in the next 12 months”, I would respond “not very likely at all”. If I were asked how likely my next car purchase would be electric, I would say 100% guaranteed.

    4.4% Is actually a promising number, given that the total take-rate of EVs is less than 1% of new car sales…

    1. Wes says:

      Exactly. I’m roughly 3 to 4 years away from my next vehicle purchase which is when my wife’s current car loan is up. However, as long as I can afford a FAMILY-SIZED electric or plugin-electric vehicle (2 adults, 2 children, and room for groceries and school/sports stuff), that’s what I’m getting, end of story. So my answer would be 0% likely to by ANY vehicle in the next 12 months.

  3. evnow says:

    Something is wrong – obviously 6.7% of people don’t own an EV now.

    “Fully 85.7 percent reported they were not likely to buy or lease such a vehicle, with 8.4 percent saying they were somewhat (3.2 percent) or very likely (4.1 percent) or already owned one (6.7 percent).”

    1. Josh says:

      I think this is the common misnomer (in my mind) that a traditional mild hybrid is an electric car. For me, its not an electric unless it can use power from an outlet.

  4. Martin T says:

    Plus people who like near silent acceleration and driving on cheap sunshine energy (for those with solar systems)

  5. Nixon says:

    In 2012, approx 14.5 million brand new cars were sold in the US. We have a population of 314 million people. That means that at most, 4.6% of people in the US bought a brand new car in the last 12 months (ignoring the fact that business and govt made many of these purchases).

    For 4.4% of adults to say they are going to buy an EV in the next 12 months would actually imply that almost every car sold in the next 12 months will be EV’s.

    The survey is garbage. The number of EV’s available for sale in the US over the next 12 months will be counted in the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands. 4.4% of adults couldn’t buy an EV over the next 12 months if they wanted.

    The funny thing is that this percent is actually hugely way too large to be real. It would be too large to be real even for the private sale of gas cars. But since the number sounds low, many people will think this number is too small.