The electric vehicle is with us, and every month we are seeing more of them around us on our roads. But the road to travel will be a long one before they dominate the market. The long-range trend seems unmistakable, however: a new study just published by AAA reveals that one out of five Americans wants their next vehicle to be electric.
We can extrapolate these numbers to see how they reflect the Canadian reality. In Quebec, the proportion is likely higher than 20%, as green cars are more firmly implanted here. The same applies, albeit to a lesser degree, in Ontario and British Columbia, the two other provinces that offers incentives to electric-vehicle buyers.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the AAA study, however, is the change over time in people’s opinions that it demonstrates. In just one year, the percentage of people affirming they want to buy an electric car next time around jumped from 15 to 20%.
The obvious caveat here is, of course, as to do with the gulf that often exists between words and deeds.