Electric Vehicle Poll Shows Confusion Reigns Among US Consumers

If electric vehicles are to crack the mainstream market, automakers will first have to inform most U.S. consumers of what they are and how they work. In a Harris Poll released before Memorial Day, over two-thirds (67%) of 1,052 respondents said they don’t know anyone driving a green vehicle, with over three-quarters (76%) saying they’re completely unaware how far a plug-in hybrid can travel. The Ford-commissioned study should be a wake-up call for Detroit automakers as they plan to release EVs in the coming years, and the release of the data coincided with the arrival of the 2017 Fusion Energi, the plug-in hybrid with range that increased to 610 miles following the redesign. (Electric range increased just two miles for a total of 21.)