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51.4% of Canadians Prefer an EV Over an ICE for Their Next Vehicle

The idea of owning and driving an EV is growing with consumers however affordability makes it more of a dream than a reality

  • The biggest hurdle remains pricing.

  • Only 33.8% of Americans prefer the idea of an EV over a traditional ICE vehicle.

A recent survey of 2,500 American, Australian, and Canadian adults shows that more than half of the latter two groups are ready to embrace electric vehicles. Despite this “positive” result, the fact remains that pricing is the greatest obstacle to actually obtaining one. Also, let’s not forget that they are not exactly littering dealership lots either.

Nissan Leaf SV Plus
Nissan Leaf SV Plus | Photo: Nissan

While 50.8 % of Australians and 51.4% of Canadians prefer an EV to a vehicle with a traditional internal combustion engine, only 33.8% of Americans feel the same way. Reasons for staying away from EVs vary between battery life, replacement costs, and purchase price. Concerns about batteries aside, the most important one according to the survey, affordability (came in at #2) is the real issue.

Although there are a few EVs available for purchase in the $40,000 to $50,000 range (far lower in the US), the second age group most interested in EVs (18-24) is not necessarily able to fork out such an amount. Those who might be capable of spending the money, the 55–64 age bracket, by far prefer internal combustion engines at 70%. Less expensive EVs are on the horizon it will be a long while before a new model is priced at or around $30,000 CDN.

The survey was conducted by Consider the Market, an Australian insurance comparison site.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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