27 May '16, 6pm

Surveys Show Challenges OEMs Face Selling Electric and Self-Driving Cars

Surveys Show Challenges OEMs Face Selling Electric and Self-Driving Cars

Two surveys are showing automakers have real challenges ahead in getting consumers to see the benefits of purchasing plug-in electric and self-driving vehicles. Harris has surveyed 1,052 U.S. residents to find that 67 percent of them didn’t know anyone who owned an all-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hybrid-electric vehicle. Lack of knowledge over how the technologies work is a factor, with about 76 percent of respondents saying they were “not at all sure” how far a plug-in hybrid car could drive on a single refueling and recharging. When asked for their estimate on total range plug-in hybrids can travel on both gasoline engines and electric power, it averaged out to 260.8 miles in the study. That’s less than half the actual total range of most plug-in hybrids on the market. The survey showed more affluent consumers and city dwellers were more familiar with all-electric and h...

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