About a fifth of electric vehicle owners go back to gasoline. Researchers at the University of California – Davis checked out why. Their study was reported in various media outlets.
“When researchers dug into the question, they found some unsurprisingly reasons—such as charging difficulty; and some unexpected ones—such as gender and dwelling type,” says Anthropocene magazine.
Charging the electric vehicles – the lack of a home 240-volt power outlet was the big issue. “Those who gave up on their EVs lived in smaller households so they had fewer vehicles. They were also younger, had smaller earnings, rented more, were less likely to live in a single-family standalone house, and were less likely to be male.”
Public charging and home charging units are both needed. “While many in single-family homes can easily get home-chargers, for lower income households a home charger can be unaffordable, and those who live in apartments and condos may not be able to install a charger where they park,” reports Anthropocene. Some households keep an EV and also have a gasoline vehicle.
There’s work to do. Atlas Public Policy did an analysis and, “found that the current pace of investments falls woefully short of the $87 billion required over the next decade to achieve 100 percent electric passenger vehicle sales by 2035.”
People buy EVs because they want to help the environment and want the ease of maintenance of an EV. A lack of ease in charging can beat those reasons for ownership.
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