Most Americans still aren’t ready to buy electric vehicles

Most Americans are still unconvinced to buy electric cars despite the federal government’s multi-billion dollar efforts to promote the vehicles.

A 54% majority of American adults think electric cars are inconvenient, compared to 28% who say they are practical for most drivers, according to Rasmussen Reports’ latest national phone and online survey.

Split by party affiliation, 66% of Republicans, 46% of Democrats and 51% of unaffiliated voters said electric cars are inconvenient.

The Department of Transportation intends to spend nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of electric vehicle charging stations.

Meanwhile, 69% of Americans think most cars will likely still run primarily on gasoline a decade from now, including 37% who say it’s “very likely” gas-powered vehicles will still be the norm in 10 years, according to the survey.

Only 23% think it’s unlikely that most cars will still run on gasoline in 2032.

The numbers, which are similar to those the same pollsters found in March, come at a time when California has moved ahead with plans to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. Several other Democratic-led states should follow California’s lead. .

The new gas-powered vehicle regulations do not apply to used cars or prohibit the use of current gas-powered cars.

In Virginia, which is adopting California energy efficiency standards by law, Gov. Glenn Youngkin has pledged to fight the rule agreed to by his Democratic predecessor.

The Rasmussen survey of 1,000 adults was conducted August 17-18. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% confidence level.

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