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Electric vehicle owners go back to gasoline cars

Written by Daniel Andzhurov – April 07, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

The road to electric mobility seems predestined and unstoppable. Recently, a study was published that shows surprising results in this direction. The Germans are focusing on the electric future of cars. Giant investments are being made and now this:

The results of a study by two scientists from the University of California, covering the period from 2018 to 2021, show that nearly one-fifth of owners of electric vehicles (EVs) (or more precisely 18%) have returned to gasoline cars. 4167 households were included in the survey.

Infrastructure is crucial

Of all the participants, 1842 responded to the question of whether they intend to keep their electric car in the following way: 1458 answered affirmatively, 1213 replaced their electric car with a newer version, and 245 people bought their electric car after the end of the lease.

However, 384 people said they had then returned to a car with an internal combustion engine. 70% of this group cited the underdeveloped infrastructure in the area in which they live as the reason. They no longer had the ability to quickly charge their electric cars.

Auto Trendy’s take:

Infrastructure, and more specifically charging infrastructure, has been an obvious crucial criteria for the integration of electric vehicles for the masses since the very first appearance of the futuristic cars. Several years afterwards, that keeps on being the main issue facing the industry. We, at Auto Trendy, believe that the worldwide microchip crisis is an extra challenge for the EV manufacturers, which sums up a pretty challenging period. What we expect are appropriate strategic decisions and developments.

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