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More Shoppers Consider Owning EVs, CarGurus Survey Finds

The 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show is just around the corner. It promises dozens of debuts, many of which are electric vehicles. With more EVs available to consumers, we wanted to see how they feel about purchasing and owning one. We queried 1,702 vehicle owners and compared the results to our 2018 survey.

Interest in EV Ownership Increases, But Price Still Proves an Obstacle

In 2018 when we asked respondents how likely they were to own an EV, just 15% said they would probably or definitely own one in the next five years. For 2019, that number jumped to 26%. While respondents were not asked why they are more likely to consider an EV, it’s likely that this increase may be in part due to the larger number of EVs available. Since last year’s survey, Audi, Mercedes, and Jaguar have all introduced new EVs. And there’s no sign of automakers slowing down. Hyundai, Volkswagen, and Toyota have all announced plans to introduce several EVs by the mid-2020s. 

However, of those surveyed, 67% said that cost has been one of the biggest obstacles to their purchasing an EV, a finding that was consistent with last year’s survey. Despite the number of EVs available, many have higher starting prices than gas-powered vehicles. Some automakers still qualify for federal incentives, which can help make electric vehicles more affordable—but some, like Tesla, have already passed the 200,000-unit mark, making them ineligible for those tax credits. 

Shoppers Need More EV Infrastructure

Similar to last year, respondents cited the lack of infrastructure and charging stations as an obstacle to purchasing an EV. Automakers are actively working to remedy this. Some, like Tesla, are creating their own network of charging stations while others, like Volkswagen, are partnering with large companies like Wal-Mart to provide them across the US. 

The Next Frontier: Electric Trucks

Shoppers have multiple options for an electric sedan or SUV. But the next frontier that many automakers are racing toward is that of the electric truck. Automotive startups like Rivian and Bollinger have already introduced prototypes and production-level models of their EV trucks. Ford and Chevy have also showcased one-off models with the electric F-150 and E-10, respectively. And Tesla will debut its Cybertruck on Thursday, November 21, in a separate event from the LA Auto Show. 

Read more about this year’s survey here.

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Go Green with these Top-Searched Used EVs

We recently noted how the price spike in oil is leading shoppers to take a closer look at used EVs. Want one of your own? We bring you our top-searched used EVs to kick off your search.

Tesla Model S

In September 2019, the used Tesla Model S saw the most searches on CarGurus amongst luxury electric vehicles (EVs). The Model S, pictured above, features a 270-mile range and gets 95 MPGe. CarGurus users also gave the 2017 model the #1 spot for Best 2017 Full-size Luxury Sedan, giving it a 10/10 for Power and a 9.6/10 for Value.

BMW i8

The BMW i8 was a close second for top-searched luxury EVs in September. Like the Tesla Model S, the i8 has standout style. It also has the benefit of being a plug-in hybrid, allowing it to use both electric power and gas. The 2016 i8 offers just 15 miles of all-electric range and a total range of 330 miles, pushing its total range past the Model S’s.

Nissan Leaf

If you’re looking for more of an everyday driver, set your sights on the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf was the #1 non-luxury EV by number of searches in September. Our reviewer spent some time with the 2016 model and noted it featured a 23 percent increase in range, up to 107 miles. The 2018 model got another range boost, up to 151 miles. Pair that with its tiny dimensions — it’s just 176.4 inches long — and the Leaf makes for an ideal city car.

Chevy Volt

The Chevy Volt was the #2 searched non-luxury EV by CarGurus’ shoppers. The 2018 Volt, which is a plug-in hybrid, has a longer range than its all-electric competitors, offering 420 miles of range. However, its all-electric range is much shorter, at just 53 miles.

Chevy Bolt EV

While the Volt is a PHEV, its sibling the Chevy Bolt EV is an all-electric vehicle. Our reviewer put the 2018 Bolt EV to the test, driving up to a 4,000-foot summit on Mount Diablo in California. The Bolt EV was up for the challenge, which is what led our reviewer to give it a 9/10 for Performance. This is another car that can fit in with city living or hit the highway, as it has a 164-inch wheelbase and a 238-mile range.

While Teslas no longer qualify for the federal tax credit, many automakers still do. Check out our article on which electric vehicles still qualify to learn more.

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