Study: Nearly 20% of EV owners go back to gas vehicles

Study: Nearly 20% of EV owners go back to gas vehicles
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[Ed. – Apparently that figure increases by 20% for hybrid owners (who presumably are more likely to lack the prior commitment to inconvenience inherent in switching to an EV).  Of all the factors in “discontinuance,” “not being male” may be the hardest to overcome.]

Electric car owners are 18 percent likely to return to gas-powered cars, a new study shows.

Researchers at the University of California Davis say that more than 4,000 households who own or previously owned electric vehicles in California went back to gas and diesel cars, Electrek reported. …

Co-authors Scott Hardman and Gil Tal detail owners’ reasons for switching back in the Nature Energy journal.

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“Here, on the basis of results from five questionnaire surveys, we find that PEV discontinuance in California occurs at a rate of 20% for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle owners and 18% for battery electric vehicle owners. We show that discontinuance is related to dissatisfaction with the convenience of charging, having other vehicles in the household that are less efficient, not having level 2 (240-volt) charging at home, having fewer household vehicles and not being male.”

As the researchers suggested, charging is the biggest hurdle for electric car owners as well as its best perk.

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