AAA Survey Shows Surge in Consumer Interest in Electric Vehicles, Fueled by Gas Prices
Excited to get road trip ready without having to stop at the gas station? A new survey conducted by AAA — one of the nation’s most trusted brands — reveals more and more consumers are considering the switch to electric vehicles (EVs), sparked in large part by high gas prices. According to the survey, 25% of consumers would likely buy an EV as their next car, and 77% of respondents identified the cost of gas as their main motivator for switching to an electric vehicle.
Other key findings from the AAA EV sentiment survey:
- Respondents from Western states, including Washington, are most likely to purchase an EV (33%), compared with consumers in the Northeast (29%), Midwest (20%) and the South (21%);
- Interest among Millennials is highest (30%), followed by GenX (22%) and Boomers (12%);
- Cost of purchase (60%), charging accessibility (60%) and range anxiety (58%) remain top-of-mind issues with consumers concerned.
To address the needs of its EV-driving members, AAA Washington has installed ChargePoint DC Fast Combo/CHAdeMo ports — enabling a full charge in 30 minutes — at its AAA Cruise & Travel stores in Lynnwood and Vancouver, with charging stations coming soon to AAA’s Tacoma location. In partnership with Carbon Solutions Group (CSG), AAA members also receive a discount for charging at all CSG locations in Washington, including the AAA Vancouver store.
For consumers looking to buy a used EV, AAA Washington has partnered with Washington-based Recurrent, to offer tools and resources to AAA members. Members and nonmembers can also subscribe to AAA Washington’s quarterly EV newsletter to learn more about the journey to electrification. AAA will also soon release a tool that will help consumers find the best EV value for them.
The survey was conducted on Feb. 18-20, 2022, using a probability-based panel designed to represent the U.S. household population overall. The panel provides sample coverage of approximately 97% of the U.S. household population. Most surveys were completed online; consumers without Internet access were surveyed over the phone. A total of 1,051 interviews were completed among U.S. adults, 18 years of age or older. The margin of error for the study overall is +/- 4% at the 95% confidence level. Smaller subgroups have larger error margins.
– Written by Jennifer Cook
– Top photo is by Andrii/AdobeStock.