Gas prices lead the charge for Arizona drivers to go electric
PHOENIX – Fueled by rising gas prices and a desire to be more environmentally conscious, more Americans are interested in electric vehicles (EV). AAA’s latest consumer survey reveals that a quarter (25 percent) of Americans say they are likely to buy an EV for their next car purchase.
“The historic rise in gas prices over the last six months has made it more appealing for drivers to consider going electric,” said Matt Alfano, Vice President of Mobility Innovation for AAA Arizona. “Drivers are looking for ways to save money, and automakers continue to incorporate style and cutting-edge technology to electric vehicles, which appeal to this group.”
Drivers in the West, which include Arizona, are more likely to go electric compared to other parts of the country. More than one-third (33 percent) of West region respondents say they are likely to buy an EV.
The top 5 reasons those in the West are likely to make the switch include:
- To save on gas costs (79%)
- Concern for the environment (76%)
- Lower maintenance and repair costs (58%)
- To take advantage of tax credits and rebates (53%)
- Expect gas-powered vehicles to be banned (20%)
Even though there are more drivers interested in EVs than ever before, some remain skeptical. Concerns about running out of charge, known as range anxiety, and concerns about lack of places to charge are the most common reasons for hesitancy according to the survey.