WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) released the results of a new national poll regarding the public’s perception of electric vehicles (EVs) and EV policy. The poll indicated that a large bipartisan majority of American voters who own or lease a vehicle support policies that would accelerate the rate of electric vehicle adoption. Specifically, American voters overwhelmingly support EV tax credits, public fleet electrification, battery research and development, and charging infrastructure deployment.
“The facts show that policymakers who support policies designed to accelerate EV adoption agree with the American public,” said Dan Zotos, ZETA’s Communications Director. “EV sales are growing, and an unprecedented percentage of American consumers are currently considering an EV for their next vehicle. Right now, the federal government needs to step in and play a larger role in expanding consumer access to EVs. By speeding up the rate of EV adoption in the United States, the federal government will combat climate change, boost our public health, create good-paying jobs, and deliver huge cost savings for American consumers.”
Key takeaways from the poll include:
This poll was conducted from February 14, 2022 to February 22, 2022. The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters who are also vehicle lessees or owners, and the poll had a margin of error of +/-3.1%. ZETA commissioned Seven Letter, which includes a leading public opinion research division, to conduct the poll.
Last week, ZETA published a report that compares the cost of operating electric vehicles and gas-powered vehicles. The report shows that EVs are 3–5 times cheaper to drive per mile than gas-powered vehicles, and in several states, EVs are nearly 6 times cheaper to drive. This corroborates a new Consumer Reports analysis that EVs can save drivers up to $2,600 per year in operating and maintenance costs. EVs’ increasingly dramatic cost savings will likely continue to drive positive consumer sentiments about EVs compared to gas-powered vehicles.
ZETA’s poll was previewed this morning in an exclusive with E&E News.
See the poll results here.
The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) is a federal coalition focused on advocating for 100% EV sales by 2030. ZETA is committed to enacting policies that drive EV adoption, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, secure American global EV manufacturing leadership, drastically improve public health, and significantly reduce carbon pollution.