A considerable number of U.S. citizens still do not consider electric vehicles a good, practical choice, according to a recent survey by Rasmussen Reports.
In the recent survey, 54 percent of both men and women found electric cars impractical. Politically, 66 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents, and 46 percent of Democrats shared such a view. Racially, 56 percent of whites, 51 percent of blacks, and 48 percent of Hispanics consider these vehicles not practical for most drivers.
EV ChallengesAccording to the Deloitte 2022 Global Automotive Study, U.S. customers are less interested in EVs due to concerns about cost and range.
The study found the range of the vehicle to be the top concern among American respondents who expected an EV to travel 500 miles on a charge. This is something that is only available in an EV model manufactured by Lucid Air that costs at least $139,000.
Charging infrastructure is another challenge to EV adoption. To serve its EV drivers, Norway installed 313 charging stations for every 100,000 individuals. At present, the United States only has 30 charging stations per 100,000 people. To be on par with Norway, America would need to build more than a million more charging stations.
There are also questions about the usability of EVs, particularly during a catastrophe when the energy infrastructure is compromised.
For instance, the charging time for an electric vehicle is significantly longer than filling up a gas vehicle, making parking space at gas stations an issue.
In 2020, a research team looked at how EVs would have performed when Hurricane Irma hit Florida in 2017. Their simulation found that the use of EVs would pose significant challenges during evacuation.
Some power companies were estimated to experience a power shortage of 400 megawatts to 1000MW. As a result, only 35 to 45 percent of vehicles would receive power, with the remaining receiving no charge.