Survey + Infographic: 42% of Americans Fit “All the Parameters Necessary to Use a Plug-In Hybrid For Their Transportation Needs”

DEC 18 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 5

Prius Plug-In Hybrid Perfect for 42% of Americans

Prius Plug-In Hybrid Perfect for 42% of Americans

Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists and Consumers Union (aka Consumer Reports) teamed up to conduct a survey of 914 adults in what’s claimed to be a “nationally representative telephone sample.”

42% of Americans Would Find That the Honda Accord PHEV Meet Their Needs

42% of Americans Would Find That the Honda Accord PHEV Meet Their Needs

The result was that 42% of those surveyed fit “within all the parameters necessary to use a plug-in hybrid vehicle for their transportation needs with few, if any, changes in behavior,” according to Consumer Reports.

Out of that 42%, 60% “met the criteria to make a pure battery-electric car practical for them,” says Consumer Reports.

The full results of the survey are so extensive that we won’t bother trying to summarize them here (what a tremendous waste of time that would be when the Union of Concerned Scientists put together a handy PDF with all the info).

Rather, we’ll refer you to this PDF link where all the findings are detailed.

Oh, the fancy infographic you see below is part of the survey results,too.

Source: Consumer Reports

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5 Comments on "Survey + Infographic: 42% of Americans Fit “All the Parameters Necessary to Use a Plug-In Hybrid For Their Transportation Needs”"

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Nelson
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Nelson

So we need more public charging stations (reasonably priced – supplied by utility companies at house hold rates) to accommodate the 44% of U.S. households that “DO NOT” have access to charging. Utilities are crying about solar installations eating into their business, but they have an opportunity to branch out into the EV charging business and they’re doing nothing. How many charging stations are owned and operated by a utility company? They’re allowed to sell us electricity at our homes. Why not on the street for our cars?

NPNS!
Volt#671

DanCar
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DanCar

Maybe someone is going to figure out that buying a car is about passion more than need or fit. To increase sales address people’s passion. Passion can be many things like safety of an SUV, people mover like a minivan, futuristic styling, etc…

lithium
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lithium

So let me get this straight… if 42% of households switched to EVs, it would reduce annual oil consumption by a mere 5%?

This given that the US consumes 6.9 billion barrels of oil annually:
http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=33&t=6

GRA
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GRA

Sounds about right. The % reduction in transportation would be higher, on-road transportation higher still and that portion due to LDVs highest of all. I don’t have all the figures handy, but IIRR that transport usage is around 14 million barrels/day out of the 20+ million bbls/day total.

ModernMarvelFan
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ModernMarvelFan

So, the difference in cost between PHEV and BEV is about $343/yr while the saving between PHEV and ICE car is $736/yr. Almost 2x.

If all three are priced the same after incentives, then isn’t the PHEV the best return on your money?

That PHEV was calculated using the Fusion Energi, A Volt would reduce that cost further…