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What’s It Going to Take for EV Ownership to Take Off?

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Many Americans have heard more and more about electric vehicles (EVs) lately with the increased popularity of companies like Tesla Motors and, more recently, GM with its release of the Chevy Bolt. EVs can be a more cost-effective way to save money on gas plus promote more environmentally friendly driving habits for people who live in more densely populated areas. More people need to switch to EVs to make a difference in terms of air quality and climate change.

Reasons Why EVs Ownership Hasn’t Taken Off

  1. Expensive Technology

The more expensive the technology, the more people are less willing to pay for it. Right now, EVs are more expensive than regular gasoline cars, which keeps more people from making the switch. Many electric companies believe that this will change over time and have more trust in late-model used EVs being even more popular among consumers.

  1. Limited Charging Stations

Think of how many gas stations there are in your neighborhood, and then think about how few public charging stations you see while driving around town or across the country. The problem here is that the number of public charging stations has increased by over 500% since 2012, but they still can be difficult to find sometimes, plus there isn’t one that’s available in most neighborhoods.

  1. Range Anxiety

The more people that switch to EVs, the more this will become less of an issue, but for now, it’s one of the top reasons why people don’t want to buy them. The average American drives about 40 miles a day, and with current EV technology, that means you would have to charge your car every other day, which can be a hassle. Especially if you’re like me and forget to plug your phone in at night or if you work long hours and can’t get home to charge your car.

What Needs to Change for EVs Ownership to Take Off?

  1. Better Tax Incentives

Better tax incentives need to be put into place to make the technology more affordable, which would more than likely help more people make the switch. States like Colorado, California, and Oregon have already started to make this a more affordable reality for more consumers.

  1. More Infrastructure

If you live in more suburban areas, chances are there’s not going to be much of an incentive to charge your car at your apartment complex if they don’t even provide it for you in the first place. We’re seeing more electric charging stations built every day, but more needs to get done to create more opportunities for drivers who commute daily or travel long distances on the weekends.

  1. Government Regulations

The more people who buy EVs, the more the government will be willing to improve existing infrastructure or continue building more. This could include more tax incentives for consumers looking to switch to an electric car, more investments in charging stations across the country, or even using more renewable resources to power up your ride when you need it most.

  1. Continued Awareness

As mentioned before, the more people are aware of electric cars and their benefits, the more likely they will buy them. The best way to continue increasing public awareness is by showcasing more successful stories of EV drivers and highlighting more businesses that have switched to more environmentally friendly practices.

  1. Better Car Choices

EVs are more than just cars that run on electricity. They can be safer, more environmentally friendly, and more affordable, which is why more people need to be aware of the options more car manufacturers like Tesla are putting on the market. More choices mean more awareness, which leads to more sustainable driving habits for everyone. If more people knew more about electric cars and the benefits that come 

along with them, more people would be more inclined to make the switch.

Conclusion

The more people that switch to EVs, the more it will take off. To boost the number of EVs on the road, it’s going to take more than just one or two things. It’s going to require a more concerted effort from everyone involved, especially when it comes to making this technology more affordable and more accessible for drivers all across America. So what’s it going to take? Let’s continue finding out together!

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