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April 21, 2017 1:00 PM


AAA unveils top electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles

DEARBORN, MI — As Earth Day draws near, a new AAA study reveals that consumer interest in electric vehicles is charged up, showing that more than 30 million Americans are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car. In fact, the number of Americans interested in an electric vehicle approaches the number that are planning to purchase a pickup truck, with the survey showing that 15 percent are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car. Millennials are even more accepting of electric vehicles, with nearly one-in-five interested in going electric for their next car.

“Electric vehicles have become more affordable, attractive, and they include innovative technology.” said Susan Hiltz, public affairs director, AAA of Michigan. “Many consumers view electric vehicles as the cars of the future, but AAA still encourages consumers to do their homework when choosing an EV to determine whether or not it is a good fit for their lifestyle.”

A video of the AAA Picks is here: https://vimeo.com/210987903

AAA found consumers who want to purchase electric and hybrid vehicles are more concerned with the long-term benefits like reducing their carbon footprints, fuel economy, and charging station infrastructure.

“Electric Vehicles are energy efficient, and environmentally friendly,” continued Hiltz. “Potential buyers also like the fact that electric vehicles require less maintenance than internal combustion engines.”

With a focus on the future, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center rates and ranks electric vehicles, hybrids, compressed natural gas-powered (CNG), diesels and high fuel economy gasoline-powered vehicles for the annual AAA Green Car Guide. Vehicles are rated on the criteria that matter most to car buyers, including ride quality, safety and performance.

AAA’s 2017 Top Green Vehicle Award Winners Category Winner
Overall Tesla Model X 75D (image from Tesla.com)

Subcompact Car Chevy Bolt EV Premier
Compact Car        Volkswagen e-Golf SE
Midsize Car          Lexus GS 450h F
Sport Large Car  Tesla Model S 60
Pickup                  Ford F150 XLT Super Crew
SUV                      Tesla Model X 75D

*Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth analysis of the green vehicle industry can be found at www.AAA.com/greencar.

While electric vehicles are an attractive option for car shoppers, AAA found that more than half of Americans are hesitant to make the switch due to “range anxiety” – the concern over running out of charge or having too few locations to charge a vehicle. This fear persists despite the fact that U.S. drivers report an average round-trip commute length (31 miles) and time (46 minutes) that are well within the range of the more than 100 miles of range that most electric vehicles offer.


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