One in five Americans say they will likely buy an electric model when they purchase their next vehicle, according to a AAA survey released Tuesday.The number is up significantly from 15 percent in 2017, the auto club said.“Electric vehicles have become more affordable, attractive, and they include innovative technology.” said spokesman Matt Nasworthy of AAA in a statement released with the poll. “Many consumers view electric vehicles as the cars of the future, but AAA still encourages consumers to do their homework when choosing an EV to determine whether or not it is a good fit for their lifestyle.”Other key findings of the survey were:-- Among those unsure or unwilling to choose an electric vehicle for their next car, 63 percent (down 9 percent from 2017) cited not enough places to charge while 58 percent (down 15 percent from 2017) expressed concern over running out of power while driving.-- Reliability is the top concern with 92 percent of those likely to by … [Read more...] about More Americans plan to buy electric cars, AAA survey finds
More Americans are becoming charged up about electric cars.A new AAA survey finds 20% of Americans say their next vehicle will be an electric car. That's up from 15% in 2017, the first time that AAA asked the question.It's particularly good news for Tesla as the company ramps up production of its first mass-market electric car, the Model 3. It also bodes well for General Motors, which offers a mid-priced long-range electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt; and Nissan, with its newer long-range version of the Leaf. One big reason that Americans are becoming more likely to consider buying an electric car: concerns about running out of electricity are diminishing.Some 58% said it was a concern that would prevent them from buying an electric car, marking a decline from 68% in 2017."Range anxiety is less of a concern than it has been in the past," said Greg Brannon, director of automotive engineering for AAA, the organization once known as the American Automobile Association. Of the 30 … [Read more...] about Americans more likely to buy electric cars, AAA study finds
PG&E to install 7,500 electric car charging stations for apartments, offices By David R. Baker January 17, 2018 Updated: January 17, 2018 2:14pm Photo: Amy Osborne, Special To The Chronicle Joe Quan plugs in his electric car in one of the two public charging stations in the Stonestown Galleria parking lot in San Francisco. For those who want to charge at home or work, Pacific Gas & Electric plans to install 7,500 chargers at apartment buildings, condominiums and workplaces across Northern and Central California. Joe Quan plugs in his electric car in one of the two public... Apartment dwellers who would like to buy an electric car often can’t, for a simple reason: They have no place to charge. Even if their building has parking — a big “if” in San Francisco — their landlord may be reluctant to let them install an electricity-guzzling charger on the building’s account. Most … [Read more...] about PG&E to install 7,500 electric car charging stations for apartments, offices
Top-selling electric car in California is not a Tesla By David R. Baker February 28, 2018 Updated: February 28, 2018 3:59pm Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle Sales associate Devani Knox (right) thanks Dana Nachman and her children for test driving an all-electric Bolt at a Chevrolet dealership in Fremont. The Bolt topped electric car registrations in California last year, according to a new report. Sales associate Devani Knox (right) thanks Dana Nachman and her... No company sells or leases as many electric cars in California as Tesla, a report released Wednesday found. But the most popular electric car in California does not come from the Palo Alto automaker . That honor belongs to Detroit stalwart General Motors instead. Most Popular 1 2 3 Editor's note: San Francisco mayoral race 4 5 6 7 The Chevrolet Bolt topped electric car registrations in the state last year, according to the report from … [Read more...] about Top-selling electric car in California is not a Tesla
Electric cars make inroads in California — but fast enough? By Kurtis Alexander May 6, 2018 Updated: May 7, 2018 6:00am Photo: Ramin Rahimian / Special To The Chronicle Image 1of/3 CaptionClose Image 1 of 3 A Chevy Bolt all-electric vehicle charges at a dealership in Santa Rosa, which saw a huge jump in sales of plug-in vehicles, along with a rise in demand for cars after the wildfires last fall. A Chevy Bolt all-electric vehicle charges at a dealership in Santa Rosa, which saw a huge jump in sales of plug-in vehicles, along with a rise in demand for cars after the wildfires last fall. Photo: Ramin Rahimian / Special To The Chronicle Image 2 of 3 A row of new 2018 Nissan Leaf all-electric vehicles sit at the Jim Bone Nissan dealership in Santa Rosa. Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order in January declaring … [Read more...] about Electric cars make inroads in California — but fast enough?