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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Infographic: Millions of Americans Could Use an Electric Vehicle
Based on a 2013 survey by Consumers Union and UCS, 42 percent of U.S. households could use an electric vehicle.
Survey findings: millions of Americans could use today’s EVs.
In September 2013, Consumers Union and the Union of Concerned
Scientists conducted a nationally-representative survey on the driving
habits and vehicle needs of U.S. households.
Our findings? 42% of U.S. households could use today's EVs.
That shows serious room for growth from the less than 1% of U.S.
households who currently own an EV—and it’s great news for the climate,
saving consumers money on fueling costs, and halving projected U.S. oil use.
Key findings include:
42% of U.S. households meet the basic requirements for using a
plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). PHEVs, like the Chevy Volt, run
on both gasoline and electricity.
25% of U.S. households meet the basic requirements for using a
batteryelectric vehicle (BEV). BEVs, like the Nissan LEAF, run entirely
on electricity, with no tailpipe emissions.
69% of U.S. households have weekday driving habits within the range of nearly all BEVs on the market today.
65% of Americans think electric vehicles are an “essential part of
our nation's transportation future for reducing oil use and global
PHEV vs BEV: who’s eligible?
To utilize a PHEV, respondents had to meet all three of the following requirements:
Access to parking and an outlet, as PHEVs require charging access. 56% of U.S. households have access to charging.
5 or fewer occupants (including driver), as most of today's PHEV
models are 4 or 5 person passenger cars. 95% of U.S. households report 5
or fewer occupants in their cars.
No hauling or towing needs, as today's PHEVs aren’t suitable for towing. 79% of U.S. drivers don’t need to tow.
To utilize a BEV, respondents had to meet three additional requirements:
Access to parking and an outlet specifically at home.
Drive a maximum of 60 or fewer miles on weekdays. Most of today's
BEVs have driving ranges between 60 and 90 miles. 69% of U.S. drivers
have weekday range requirements safely within this range.
Own more than one vehicle or infrequently take long trips. A second
vehicle enables longer driving ranges during vacations and trips. 65% of
U.S. households have more than one vehicle.
The survey was conducted in conjunction with Consumers Union on September 26th, 2013.
1000 randomly selected American individuals, aged eighteen or over,
were asked by phone a range of questions relating to their driving
Based on the eligibility outlined above, the survey results were
analyzed to see what percentage of U.S. households meet the requirements
of PHEV and BEV ownership.
U.S driver and household statistics are based on survey respondents who reported owning at least one vehicle.