Even though electric vehicles haven’t taken off as quickly as some automakers had predicted, owners in the state of California are enjoying the benefits of owning a plug-in EV and proving that with proper infrastructure an electric car can be an only vehicle.
In a recent survey conducted by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), the average Californian that owns an EV drives it 26 miles a day and mainly charges the vehicle at night. Over 1,400 plug-in EV owners were surveyed, providing information on their usage, charging habits, and access to charging infrastructure.
85 percent of the owners used their EV as their primary vehicle while 71 percent reported that there was also access to either public or workplace charging, in addition to the convenience of home charging. There are over 12,000 plug-in EV owners in California, and according to the survey those owners are paying an equivalent of $0.90 to $1.90 per gallon of gasoline to power their cars.
It’ll be interesting to see if other states follow in the footsteps of California in the near future, especially since EV sales could definitely use a boost nationwide.
[Source: Go Electric Drive]