Electric cars still not quite popular, study says

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 4, 2013

Pure electric cars hold little appeal to consumers, according to a new study by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. However, it determined that the market potential for plug-in hybrids is better. These include the Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid and Ford C-Max Energi.

The researchers also said that the study "casts doubt” on the target of the Obama administration to have one million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015. The study determined that most consumers believe that the advantages are outweighed by the drawbacks.

Researchers discovered that there’s more interest in hybrid-electric vehicles, with a gasoline-powered backup engine, than in electric-only vehicles.

It also found that cities that are more open to pure electric vehicles are San Jose, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston. Meanwhile, the least interested cities are Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Detroit and Nashville. Over 2,300 adult drivers in 21 large U.S. cities were surveyed in the fall of 2011.

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