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AAA finds interest waning in EV’s as high costs, battery repairs, and range anxiety grow

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Despite incentives, fewer consumers are interested in buying all-electric vehicles, according to a recent AAA survey. Conducted in April, the survey found that only 18% of U.S. residents are “likely” or “very likely” to buy a fully electric vehicle, down from 23% last year, while 63% are “unlikely” or “very unlikely” to make such a purchase.

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Hybrids are more appealing, with 31% of respondents considering buying one. Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive research, noted that concerns about practicality, cost, and convenience deter potential buyers from choosing all-electric cars. Issues cited include higher costs (60%), expensive battery repairs (57%), lack of convenient charging stations (54%), and range anxiety (53%).

Brannon suggested hybrids might ease the transition to electric vehicles. “Many consumers find the leap to full electric overwhelming, and hybrids may bridge that gap,” he said. AAA predicts a future with a mix of electric, hybrid, and internal combustion vehicles on U.S. roads for many years.



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