20% of New Electric Vehicle Owners Change Back To Gas Vehicles

Submitted by Ryan Cortez on

According to new data compiled from used card sales and vehicle registration data by state DMV offices, just over 20% of EV vehicle owners switch back to their gas vehicles within one year.  Those ditching their electric vehicle for gas say the biggest reason for this was range anxiety.  

Gas stations can be found fast and easy without driver’s needing to locate and plot a course and calculate range, there are almost 1700,000 gas stations across the country, many are open 24/7 but there are only 40,000 EV charing stations nationwide, with most concentrated in California and the Northeast.  California has approximately 20,000 while Texas has 960 charing stations state wide for comparison.

We talked to Adam White who advocates for more EV fast-charing stations about the problem.  “The lack of fast-charing infrastructure is the number one reason EV owners trade back to gas powered vehicles.  They discover what’s called “Range Anxiety”, a sort of mental stress when they know they are getting low on battery power and have to stop what they are doing and find a compatible charging station which often times can mean driving 10-20 minutes to find one in some locations.”

A second problem is that many buyer who live in apartments discover their apartment complex will not install or let them install the electrical adapters needed to charge their new EV at a fast rate, which means it can take 10-12 hours to get mostly charged.  Homeowners who don’t want to pay for a fast-home charger also have become discouraged when they discover their 120V home power is not sufficient.

We contacted Ford, Telsa, GM, BMW, Toyota, VW, Jaguar and Ram.  None would give commitments as to when they would produce electric vehicles that can go 500+ miles on a single fast-charge.  Most charging stations are not fast-chargers or Superchargers, but even fast chargers only charge an EV to 80% and that still takes about 30 minutes depending on how low the batter power was at when you began charging.  We also asked them about what they are doing to solve range anxiety.  Tesla said they have built out a large network of superchargers across the country along major routes and have concentrated large amounts of charging stations in areas with the most sales.

The rest said they were relying on third-party EV stations to build out a national charing infrastructure.  

“EV’s are the future for most daily drivers and transportation needs,” says Samantha Price, an energy policy expert with Rice University in Houston.  “Similar to how gas stations lagged behind when Ford began producing the Model T, as more Ev’s are sold, private enterprise will address this demand for charging stations, the growth of a new market takes time, nothing happens overnight, but it will happen.  I think you will see in five years a major expansion of EV charging stations located at gas stations that have a large piece of land they sit on to offer EV charging along with their normal gas pumps as well as new EV only charing stations.