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Top reasons why car buyers don’t drive electric

Top reasons why car buyers don't drive electric

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — A new survey from Consumer Reports shows that a growing number of Americans are considering buying an electric car. One of the main reasons is that it costs less to charge a car than to fill up a petrol car. But is an EV for you? Consumer Reports helps answer some questions so you can decide if your next car could be all-electric.

In a recent Consumer Reports survey, more than a third of people said they would strongly consider buying an electric car. With improvements to the country’s charging networks, more cheaper EVs Coming to market, and an increasing range of advances in battery technology, many barriers to electric vehicle ownership are showing signs of breaking down over time.

But some Americans have reservations. They have cited purchase price and repair costs as the main cost-related barriers preventing them from buying an electric car. However, compared to the typical lifespan of a gas-powered car, EVs usually cost less to run. EVs have fewer moving parts and fluids to replace. Even the brakes often last longer. In addition, the cost of powering the car is also much lower, especially now with the increased gas prices.

And mainstream automakers are introducing cheaper models like the Hyundai Kona, Nissan Leaf, and Chevrolet Bolt, which start at $26,595. This puts the Bolt about $20,000 less than the price of an average new car. In addition, some EVs also qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit, which can effectively lower the cost of electric driving.

When and where to charge an EV is another concern. Currently, there are nearly 50,000 charging locations across the country, with more being added every month.