American Perceptions on Electric Mobility and Climate Change
52 percent of U.S. residents agree that electric vehicles are instrumental in combating climate change. By making the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), not only do we stand to dramatically reduce emissions, we also give individual people greater agency in the fight against climate change.
Climate change is a globally urgent issue, caused chiefly by the burning of fossil fuels. Of the many ways we emit climate-changing greenhouse gases, however, only a few can be meaningfully offset at the level of the individual consumer. And transportation is one of the biggest. By making the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), not only do we stand to dramatically reduce emissions from the transportation sector, we also give individual people greater agency in the fight against climate change.
A slight majority (52 percent) of U.S. residents agrees that electric vehicles are instrumental in combating climate change.And nearly half (46 percent) agree that governments should increase tax incentives for people who buy EVs, according to a report from market research firm Ipsos and EVBox Group, a leading global provider of EV charging solutions. This suggests that the American public understands the need to move away from gas-powered vehicles and supports reallocating government funds to speed the transition.
Moreover, four in 10 (41 percent) of Americans say they would consider an EV for their next car. However, despite a majority of Americans viewing climate change as personally important and EVs as instrumental to addressing it, significant barriers continue to keep many U.S. drivers from buying EVs.
The biggest roadblock to buying an EV is drivers’ uncertainty around finding a charging station. Only 18 percent of Americans, and 30 percent of potential EV drivers, say that there are enough charging stations in their area. By increasing the availability of publicly accessible EV charging, we‘ll boost the confidence of those considering an EV. And we’ll minimize these drivers’ top concern: that they won’t find a charging station when they need it—commonly known as “range anxiety.” EV charging is the key to unlock the market for EVs.
This is where businesses and organizations need to get involved. Without the expansion of public EV charging stations at retail, workplace, or commercial parking locations, the mass adoption of electric transportation could plateau. Thankfully, companies across the country are beginning to see this need and are stepping up by turning their locations into EV charging destinations. Eventually, EV charging ports must become more widespread than gas pumps are today.
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