Despite mounting political pressure on the part of left-leaning politicians, only a tiny percentage of Americans are interested in buying an electric vehicle (EV) to fight “climate change.”
According to a March 1-23 Gallup poll, just 4% of Americans own an EV and only 12% are seriously considering buying one. Another 43% say they “might consider” purchasing an electric vehicle in the future, while 41% are adamantly opposed.
As in nearly all states, electric vehicles comprise a miniscule percentage of Alaska vehicles. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, EVs make up 0.2% of all “light-duty vehicles” in the state. That translates into 1,300 actual cars, or one vehicle per 0.002 Alaskans.
A substantial majority of Republicans, 71%, say they would not consider owning an electric vehicle.
Even in California, where EVs are most popular, they are still just 1.6% of all light duty vehicles, and there are only 0.014 EVs for every California resident.
This reality may create problems with the Biden administration’s stated goal of ensuring that half of all new vehicle sales be electric by 2030. Likewise, California has mandated that all new vehicle sales in the state must be zero-emission vehicles by 2035.
While electric cars are certainly more popular than they were a decade ago, they remain significantly more expensive than conventional vehicles.
EV advocates, however, claim they help mitigate “climate change” because they don’t emit greenhouse gases at the same rate as gas-powered vehicles.
“Yet, this idea that electric vehicles help to address climate change is not universally accepted by Americans,” Gallup reported. “While about four in 10 U.S. adults think using EVs helps address climate change ‘a great deal’ (12%) or ‘a fair amount’ (27%), roughly six in 10 believe it helps ‘only a little’ (35%) or ‘not at all’ (26%).”
Along these same lines, Americans who “worry a great deal” about global warming or climate change are most open to owning an electric vehicle, Gallup found.
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“Current ownership of electric vehicles among partisans is 6% for Democrats, 4% for independents and 1% for Republicans,” Gallup reports. “Democrats (22%) are also far more likely than both Republicans (1%) and independents (12%) to say they are seriously considering purchasing an EV. The majority of Democrats, 54%, say they may consider it in the future. Meanwhile, a substantial majority of Republicans, 71%, say they would not consider owning an electric vehicle.”
Democrats are also more likely than Republicans to believe that “the use of EVs helps address climate change,” Gallup reported. “Just over two-thirds of Democrats think electric vehicles help a great deal (22%) or a fair amount (46%). Meanwhile, 55% of Republicans say they do not help at all, and 32% believe they help only a little bit. Independents are closer to Republicans than Democrats in their views.”