Survey Says Consumers Remain Skeptical Of Both Electric And Self-Driving Cars

As automakers begin to roll out a fleet of new full-electric vehicles in the near term and are pouring money into developing the autonomous cars of the future, they may have a hard time finding enough buyers to turn a profit on either. That’s according to the just-released J.D. Power Mobility Confidence Index Study, conducted in conjunction with SurveyMonkey.

With scores based on a 100-point scale, the Confidence Index for battery-powered vehicles stands at 55, which is considered “neutral” according to the study’s parameters. The rating for self-driving cars is at just 36, which gets a “low” rating. That’s based on two separate polls of 5,000 consumers and industry experts and represents zero improvement over JDP’s last confidence study.