A survey of American drivers and those around the world has revealed the majority expect electric vehicles to replace gasoline-engine cars in the near future, yet misconceptions may stop them switching from pump to plug any time soon.
Just 19 percent of Americans would trust an all-electric vehicle in bad weather and only 28 percent would pick one over a gasoline-engine car if they needed to get somewhere in an emergency. Additionally, only 18 percent think an electric car can be faster than a gas-powered car, while just 13 percent would choose an electric vehicle over a traditional one if they needed to tow something.
Close to 80 percent of Americans would not pick an electric vehicle for extreme weather, while nearly 65 percent would not choose one for all-wheel drive.
These were just some of the results that Ford uncovered when it commissioned the survey to better understand attitudes and misconceptions around electric vehicles ahead of launching its first fully electric model – a Mustang-inspired SUV.
Surveys of U.S. battery electric vehicle owners show that 80 percent of charging occurs at home, followed by charging at work.
Over two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) and Europeans (68 percent) don’t believe that electric vehicles are capable enough in terms of towing and hauling.
Following the survey’s findings, Ford is released two new myth-busting videos in a series aimed at educating customers as they prepare for life away from the fuel pumps.
Global Director, Electrification, Ford Motor Company
in a medium post answers this questions
Are electric vehicles fast?” “Do they work in winter?” “Can I really give up visiting the gas station?” “Are they capable enough to help me do my job?”
The answer to all of the above — There remains a gap between what an electric vehicle can do and what customers believe they can do.
He also notes that EVs don’t require gas.
He also says
“We are developing our electric vehicle software to help give you better road handling, stability and performance by calibrating power distribution to the wheels when you need it. This will give you a new level of confidence in the snow and rain.”