Electric cars remain unattractive to Americans, according to a recent survey

It seems that electric cars are becoming so prevalent these days that electric car makers like Tesla are among the most valuable technology companies in the world. However, for some reason, they still did not capture the hearts of the American market.

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ScreenRant reports that electric vehicles remain relatively unattractive to Americans, with only 5% of them expressing any kind of interest. The number came from a survey conducted by audit firm Deloitte.

The Deloitte survey asked 26,000 people in a total of 25 countries around the world. They asked these people what kind of car they would like to buy next, regardless of whether they already owned one.

Electric vehicles ranked last for obvious reasons when US buyers were questioned. Hybrids ranked a little higher at 17%, with gas/diesel vehicles still scoring at 69%—or nearly two-thirds of all Americans questioned.

On top of that, the survey also revealed that people aren’t interested in paying for newer car technologies, such as autonomy, connectivity and even safety features that often come with a lot of new electric cars.

Despite this, hybrid cars are still very popular in the United States.

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A Reuters report recently revealed that sales of hybrid cars in the country have just reached record levels. Last year, hybrid car sales increased by a whopping 76% (a total of 801,550 units sold). This represents 5% of light vehicle sales in the United States alone.

While electric vehicle sales increased by an even larger margin of 83% (434,879 units), they still represented 3% of the entire market. Toyota topped all companies in terms of hybrid vehicle sales, and General Motors came in second.

This comes after the Biden administration has expressed its desire that half of US car sales will be electric by 2030. However, it appears that fully electric cars still have a big mountain to climb before this vision is realized.

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All about American car culture

There may be one reason the US market is still hard to sell to electric car manufacturers: The domestic car culture is still fond of fuel-intensive cars.

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Electric cars are a relative newcomer to the automotive world. It makes sense that many people would want to hold on to what they are comfortable with, especially in the face of something unfamiliar. On top of that, electric cars aren’t exactly sold in the same way these people would like them to.

In the United States, it is normal for people to pay for their cars up front, in cash, and then drive the same car they bought on the same day. But electric car manufacturers, specifically Tesla, don’t. An almost entirely electric car is ordered online, with the car arriving weeks or even months after the initial order.

Electric cars still do not slow down

Elsewhere in the world, though, electric vehicles are making headway in international markets. According to a report by UtilityDive, global electric vehicle sales increased 80% last year, as part of modern automakers’ zero-emission commitments.

Electric cars can take years – or even decades – to completely replace the gas-guzzling gases. But there are plenty of indications that this is where the world will eventually go in the near future.

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