Battery charge time and range anxiety are not what's deterring the average American from buying a battery electric vehicle.
What matters most, according to a new analysis, is how much the person cares about climate change.
Researchers at Stanford University, Resources for the Future and the research company ReconMR surveyed a representative sample of 502 American adults this summer to identify barriers to personal EV adoption. They asked participants how they felt about different attributes of EVs and why they might be interested in — or hesitant about — buying one.
As the survey was part of a broader research undertaking on Americans' views on climate change, they also gauged their levels of concern about climate change.