Monday, 20 May 2019

Why Electric Cars No Longer Scare Americans

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A recent survey released by the American Automotive Association (AAA) shows 1 in every 5 Americans intends to drive with an electric car on their next vehicle upgrade. This figure has grown a whopping 15% from the previous year’s results.

Big car manufacturers like Ford, GM, Hyundai and Nissan now race furiously to get more electric units out to market. Even the iconic car company TESLA is experiencing epic growth trends in their sales after their initial series of operational and financial hiccups.


The warmer reception to the idea of rechargeable cars may be due to quelled fears as the hesitant public learned from the experience of early adopters. Many of the common objections to owning an electric vehicle (EV) were quickly exposed as unfounded, or else have been provided more optimal solutions.

“Range Anxiety” was just that – anxiety

Admittedly, powering cars with electricity seemed like a brilliant idea from the start. After all, isn’t that how we power our phones and almost all other conveniences in our households? The thing is, dead phones won’t leave us stalled on the interstate. The 200-mile expected battery range got most people sitting on their hands while the first wave of EVs rolled out.

The hysteria turned out to be unfounded. Even with a million electric vehicles already in private hands, the outrage on cars going dead on the highway has not materialized. Faster charging times, available service centers and charging bays all helped car owners get easy access for powering up their vehicles. People have also underestimated their ability to plan efficiently for trips before actually heading out.

Costs are steep, but they are getting cheaper

Relative to regular gas-guzzling cars, price points for electric-run vehicles are at a large premium. Tesla’s more affordable Model 3 costs between $35,000 to $50,000 in the US.  However, in the past year, fierce competition between car manufacturing players created more efficient and economical options, like the well-reviewed Volkswagen e-Golf and Kia Soul EV.

Despite the hefty initial investment, users eventually gained greater value from EVs. These cars are tremendously efficient in conserving their stored energy. In fact, fuel savings is the number one reason people go for electric vehicles. The HOV lane free access, tax rebates, and less expensive parts maintenance also incentivize the shift to cleaner energy vehicles.

Considering the much lower powering costs and upkeep, early adopters feel they’ve made a better bargain by going electric.


Mainstreaming electric vehicles is a big stride towards putting our home planet back to good health. It is also starting to make sustainable living a more tangible reality for the average household.

What the electric car story shows us is that revolutionary ideas are often initially met with apprehension. If early believers could find solutions for legitimate fears and stick through the pessimism, these innovations could end up changing how the world works. In the case of electric cars, it may be changing how long this world stays livable.