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Published on September 24th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


EV Owners Love Their Cars (Charts)

September 24th, 2015 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

I often write about the many advantages of electric cars over gasmobiles for consumers, but perhaps the best argument for their superiority simply lies in how satisfied owners are with their cars. Survey after survey finds that electric car owners are very happy with their cars. In fact, Chevy Volt owners were the drivers most satisfied with their cars for two years before the Tesla Model S took the crown, and has held it ever since. The last time a non-EV topped the charts was in 2010!

Our recent EV owner/lessee survey found that a very solid 96% (893) of the 929 respondents were happy they bought or leased their EVs. Under 3% (26 respondents) responded “Meh,” and just ~1% (10 respondents) said they weren’t happy that they bought/leased their cars. Granted, this survey was just shared on EV-oriented websites (CleanTechnica, EV Obsession, and Gas2) and communities (the Tesla Motors Club forum and EV-oriented subreddits on reddit), where I assume people are more excited and positive about EVs, but nonetheless….

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A survey of EV drivers in California found 92% of them were “extremely satisfied” (54%) or “satisfied” (38%) with their EVs. Even better, a survey of EV drivers in Norway found an insane 100% were “very satisfied” (91%) or “satisfied” (9%) with their EVs. Results from each of these surveys were again obtained from this recent UK study (h/t Herman Trabish).

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Hard to beat that. And we’re just getting started!

If you haven’t yet helped us to better understand the EV market by answering our quick 7-question EV survey, please do so! You can also still complete our longer EV owner/lessee survey or wannabe EV owner/lessee survey if you missed those.

And for more survey fun, see:

What Electric Car Forecasters Are Often Missing

Busting The Myth That “Electric Cars Don’t Work As Primary Cars”

Electric Car Incentives & Market Uptake By Country

Why People Buy Electric Cars… So Far



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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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