Almost half of those surveyed said they may buy or lease an EV within the next decade regardless of range or price, while almost 80 percent of those polled said the state of California needs to do more to spur development and adoption of EVs. Sixty percent supported increasing state tax credits for EV buyers, while more than 50 percent say Big Oil is standing in the way of green-vehicle progress. You can read more about the details from CALinnovates here.
The results are relevant to green-vehicle advocates because California has long been on the leading edge of US electric-vehicle adoption, not to mention being the home base for EV maker Tesla Motors. California's leadership position isn't going to change anytime soon, as General Motors confirmed earlier this month that the first Chevrolet Bolt EVs will go to dealers in California and Oregon later this year.
Additionally, the Golden State has by far the most registered vehicles in a country that has set monthly records for plug-in vehicle sales for each of the past four months, according to the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Through September, Americans have purchased almost 111,000 EVs and plug-in hybrids, a 38-percent surge from a year earlier.