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While consumer interest and demand for electric vehicles (EVs) have grown - last year EV sales increased by 81% - automakers and dealers are still dragging their feet on EVs and pushing people to buy gas guzzlers that harm our planet and our health.
***Editor's Note: The mission here at InsideEVs and that of Sierra Club are deeply entwined. Therefore, we are openly sharing this on behalf of the entire EV community and Sierra Club.
Automakers and dealerships have been complaining for many years that no one wanted electric vehicles and that zero emission standards should be relaxed. IN 2016, we launched a campaign called “Rev Up Electric Vehicles” to encourage people to shop for EVs in the 10 states committed to zero-emission vehicle standards and share their EV shopping experiences. Hundreds of Sierra Club volunteers flooded over 300 car dealerships and stores and reported back to us.
The results from that multi-state study helped expose that the auto industry was barely lifting a finger to provide dealerships with EV inventory, train salespeople about EVs, or market EVs effectively. In addition to finding that there were often no EVs on dealer lots, we found that only about half of salespeople explained how to fuel a plug-in vehicle, and just a third discussed available rebates and tax credits to lower the cost of EVs. Many EVs weren’t even charged and ready for a test drive!
This is unacceptable.
Now is the moment to accelerate the EV market.
This year, the Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All campaign is launching Rev Up Electric Vehicles 2.0 to target automakers and dealerships in all 50 states.
We know the auto industry talks a big game when it comes to sustainability, but they fail to make much of an effort to sell EVs, and meanwhile, they are lobbying hard to weaken federal and state clean car standards. They need to do a better job to walk the walk and start doing right by consumers.
We’re relying on volunteers to visit local car dealerships and stores and let us know how their EV shopping experience went. Whether you’re in the market for an EV, you’re just curious for the future, or you just want to help, your participation will go a long way. And it’s not a “secret shopper” effort. You can either share with the salespeople that you’re inquiring about EVs in partnership with Sierra Club - or not - up to you.
We’ll provide all of the tools, and your efforts will provide us with critical information that we’ll compile into a comprehensive report that will serve as an advocacy tool to put more pressure on automakers and dealers to do right by consumers.
: This resonates deeply with us since the previous case study was instrumental during the research phase of our sister site, MYEV.com’s creation. It was important to understand the struggles consumers face during their shopping journey since MYEV’s core focus is to combat the lack of information at the dealership level in order to help drive electric vehicle adoption forward. MYEV is trying to do its part for a better and more sustainable future and has dedicated experts on standby to answer any EV-related questions for absolutely free. If you’re not sure which car is right for you, have questions about charging, or even tax incentives, feel free to shoot them an e-mail and they’d be happy to help you. [Email is firstname.lastname@example.org]