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Abara, Chidike and Joseph Buckland. “Consumer Attitudes Toward Electric Vehicles: Barriers to Wide-Scale Adoption." Journal of Consumer Psychology, vol. 116, no. 2, 2021, pp. 219-36. ProQuest.

Diaz, Bianca, et al. The Future of Electric Vehicles. 3rd ed., Greenhaven, 2021.

Nguyễn, Amy. “Busting Electric Vehicle Myths.” Green Technologies in Transportation, edited by Roman Espejo and Martha Kaplan, Gale, 2021, pp. 21-30.

"Your Next Car Should Be an Electric Vehicle.” Edmunds, 2021, www.edmunds.com/electric-car/.

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Zulfi Bukhari

Professor Jennifer Richardson

ENG 111

22 October 2021

Persistent Myths Cause Lagging Electric Vehicle Sales

Electric vehicle technology has advanced dramatically in the past decade, yet EVs represented just 2% of auto sales in the US last year (Nguyễn 27).  Automakers have long since solved problems that plagued early electric vehicles, so why have consumers not embraced EVs?  The answer lies in public perception.  According to Abara and Buckland, many people believe that EVs are unreliable and cannot meet their everyday transportation needs (3).  When asked to guess the range of a few popular EV models, people consistently guessed less than half the actual range (Abara and Buckland 4).  One driver perfectly summarized why many consumers are apprehensive about buying an electric vehicle, saying that she needs a car that "can accelerate quickly, go over hills and drive at interstate speeds for my commute" (Diaz et al. 32).  EVs have faster acceleration than traditional gas-powered cars and can easily handle hills and interstate speeds ("Your Next Car").  Consumers seem to think that EVs are less powerful than gas cars, but this is false.  More automakers are committing to increased EV production, but consumer misperceptions must be overcome before we see wide-scale public buy-in.