If you're a real estate broker and see someone pulling up to your listed property in a Nissan Leaf, you should probably pay attention, because there's a pretty good chance that the driver of the very quiet car will be able to score a mortgage. According to data from Experian Automotive, EV owners tend to be both younger and more affluent than buyers of hybrid vehicles. Additionally, those EV buyers have excellent credit, says Experian, whose expertise is keeping track of these things.

The average credit score of someone who leased an EV last year was 747, compared to the 729 average for hybrid lessees. Age wise, about a quarter of EV buyers are at least 56 years old, compared to 45 percent of hybrid buyers (something not lost on this reporter, whose parents both drive hybrids).

On the money front, EV buyers borrowed an average of $2,000 more than hybrid buyers (almost $27,000 vs. $29,000) but their interest rates were a tenth of a point lower. Good credit has its privileges. As for relative riches, 21 percent of EV buyers had a household income of at least $175,000, whereas just 12 percent of hybrid buyers live in that rarified air. Check out Experian's press release below.
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Experian Automotive: Consumers purchasing an electric vehicle are younger and more affluent than those buying a hybrid

The number of electric vehicles in operation grew by 245 percent in 2013, while hybrid vehicles still made up 98 percent of all alternative-powered vehicles on the road

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of Earth Day, Experian Automotive released findings from an analysis comparing electric and hybrid* vehicles. Findings from the analysis showed that in 2013, more than 45 percent of hybrid car buyers were 56 years old or older, while roughly 26 percent of electric car buyers were of the same age. The greater percentage (55 percent) of electric buyers were between the ages of 36 years old and 55 years old. Additionally, nearly 21 percent of consumers purchasing an electric car had an average household income of $175,000 or more. Conversely, only 12 percent of consumers purchasing a hybrid had an average household income of the same level.

"At first glance, one would imagine that consumers purchasing either a hybrid or electric vehicle would be nearly identical; both are environmentally conscious, are of similar ages and have higher income levels," said Melinda Zabritski, senior director for Experian Automotive. "While for the most part those statements ring true, our research shows that there are slight differences between the two. One possible reason for the disparity could be the growing popularity of the higher-end luxury electric models available."

As part of the analysis, Experian Automotive also looked at the volume of each of these vehicle segments on the road. Findings from the analysis showed that while hybrids made up nearly 98 percent of all alternative-powered vehicles in operation at the end of 2013, electric vehicles grew at a much faster rate, increasing by approximately 245 percent from a year ago. The number of hybrids on the road grew by roughly 19 percent.

Furthermore, the top five hybrid models on the road in 2013 were the Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, Toyota Highlander and Ford Fusion. The top five electric vehicle models on the road were the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Ford Focus, FIAT 500e and Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Number of vehicles on the road, end of 2013

Top five hybrid models

Top five electric models

1. Toyota Prius

1. Nissan Leaf

2. Toyota Camry

2. Tesla Model S

3. Honda Civic

3. Ford Focus

4. Toyota Highlander

4. Fiat 500e

5. Ford Fusion

5. Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Additionally, Experian Automotive also reviewed some of the financial attributes of hybrid vehicle loans and electric vehicle loans. The analysis found that, overall, consumers purchasing a new electric vehicle had a higher credit score** (749) than those purchasing a new hybrid (741). The study also showed that the average monthly payment for a new electric vehicle was $549, which was $82 more than a new hybrid ($467).


New hybrid vehicle loan

New electric vehicle loan

Amount financed



Monthly payment



Interest rate



Credit score



Loan term

62 months

58 months

Other findings include:

In 2013, nearly 44 percent of all consumers purchasing an electric vehicle had the presence of a child in the household***; nearly 52 percent of hybrid buyers did not
The average credit score to lease an electric vehicle was 747 in 2013
The average credit score to lease a hybrid vehicle was 729 in 2013
The average length of a lease for an electric vehicle was 29 months, while the average length for a hybrid was 35 months
In 2013, the average monthly lease payment for an electric was $263, while the average monthly lease payment for a hybrid was $386

About Experian Automotive
Experian Automotive provides information services and market intelligence that enables results-driven professionals to gain the fullest possible understanding of the market, the vehicles and the people who buy them. Its North American Vehicle DatabaseSM houses data on nearly 700 million vehicles and, when combined with Experian's credit, consumer and business information, provides an integrated perspective into the automotive marketplace. Experian Automotive's AutoCheck® vehicle history reports provide dealers and consumers with in-depth information, allowing them to confidently understand, compare and select the right vehicles. For more information on Experian Automotive and its suite of services, visit our Website at http://www.experian.com/automotive.

About Experian
Experian® is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2013, was US$4.7 billion. Experian employs approximately 17,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

VantageScore® is a registered trademark of VantageScore Solutions, LLC.

Experian and the Experian marks used herein are service marks or registered trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

*For this analysis, hybrid vehicles were defined as any vehicle with multiple power alternatives.
**VantageScore® 3.0
***The presence of a child between the ages of 0 and 18 years old living in the household

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      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm 26 and lease a Fiat 500e. Of course it helps that rebates paid $7000 of the $9000 total lease cost. Thanks California! $2,500 California Rebate + $4,500 Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District Rebate. AVAQMD also gave me a free level 2 charger that I can't even use yet. Plus, I don't pay the electricity in my garage apartment. Win Win Win.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Both my wife and I have EVs... and we do pretty good financially, but our credit scores arent that great. Apparently because the credit buraeus think we should carry balances and pay interest fees. We both have never missed a payment... They can shove their lame scores, we will continue to buy only things we can pay cash for.
        • 7 Months Ago
        "Apparently because the credit buraeus think we should carry balances and pay interest fees." Actually, that counts against you. What they like to see is that you have high credit lines, but aren't using them. A zero balance with lots of credit available is ideal.
        • 7 Months Ago
        I've never carried a balance and don't pay interest fees, but the credit scores of my wife and I are in the 800s. Something else is going on. Perhaps it's just a lack of credit record.
        • 7 Months Ago
        "Apparently because the credit buraeus think we should carry balances and pay interest fees." Actually, carrying a balance counts against you. What they like to see is that you have high credit lines, but aren't using them. A zero balance with lots of credit available is ideal.
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      • 7 Months Ago
      And ebike/emotorcycle builders like me are broke as they come.. lol