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 |  May 25 2011, 2:32 PM

A poll has just been released asking Americans to rate their likelihood of making certain lifestyle changes based on different hypothetical gas prices. 57 percent of respondents refused to consider buying an “electric car that you could only drive for a limited number of miles at one time” no matter how high gas prices go.

Instead, they are more willing to buy a more fuel-efficient one if gas prices rise to the $5-per-gallon range. Only 12% say at that price, they would be willing to buy such a car that they could drive only a limited number of miles at one time.

High-income Americans are about twice as likely as those with low incomes to admit they would purchase an electric car if gas prices rose to the $5 range. Interestingly, no matter whether respondents view higher prices as temporary or permanent, or the degree of financial difficulty high gas prices are causing them, electric care are as equally unpopular as high gas prices.

One issue with volatile gas prices is that most Americans cannot respond immediately to them by significantly adjusting their lifestyles. However, change can be made over time. By asking Americans at what price they might react in a potentially significant way, an understanding into consumer price sensitivity(price elasticity) and the resulting future consumer behaviours can be studied.

Predictions have been made that gas prices will reach $4.52 a gallon this year. Even with this expensive prediction, most Americans seem unwilling and/or unable to significantly change their overall lifestyles. Most Americans suggest this will continue to be the case even if fas prices stay high or climb even more. To combat this expense, Americans will cut back in other areas by spending less on expenses like retail and household items, significantly affecting the US economy.

[Source: Gallup]

  • Chad

    Common sense. Give up a 400-mile range and 5-minutes to gain another 400 miles…in trade for 60 miles that requires the rest of the day to recharge. When EVs can recharge in 5 minutes and drive 400 miles per charge, then it will be something other than a play toy for the stupid and the rich.

  • DrKdog

    I know a half dozen people in my neighboorhood that a hundred mile charge would last at least a month, for me it would be ideal for second car. with the exception for vacation I travel more than 70 miles round trip from home only a couple times a year. My wife works part time 2 miles away, grocery store 1 mile, doctors within 6 miles, in laws within 8 miles. I own 2 cars and a truck and I’m looking foward to replacing one car with a electric Focus.