A majority of American electric vehicle drivers want to be able to charge their cars wirelessly for reasons ranging from convenience to accessibility.
This is according to a
survey conducted by Qualtrics of 1,053 Americans, nearly half of whom already own at least one electric vehicle. The other half said they intend to buy one in the next two years.
Many automakers are ramping up production of electric vehicles and will likely implement this information as the market—currently tiny compared to gas-powered cars—continues to grow.
Here’s a breakdown of what the survey found from
Compare auto insurance policies
No spam or unwanted phone calls · No long forms · No fees, ever
Wireless charging is popular across the board
According to the study, wireless charging is more desirable than many other features or upgrades related to electric vehicles, including self-driving functions, premium audio systems, parking assistance, acceleration, or unique design features.
Wireless charging was the third-most desirable feature to those surveyed, as 86% of respondents said they were “extremely” or “very interested” in it. 91% of them said the same for a longer driving range, and 89% of them said so for rapid charging capability.
Wireless charging’s appeal is consistent across generations, though the underlying reasons are different: While Baby Boomers prefer the physical convenience of not having to plug something in, Millennials tend to be more interested simply in having the latest technology.
Accessibility and convenience
Accessibility and convenience are at the root of many drivers’ interest in wireless charging—more than three-fourths of respondents said they want to use wireless charging in their homes. This would help eliminate the inconvenient process of tracking down and traveling to a charging station, of which there are fairly few in the United States.
The current lack of charging stations makes electric vehicle ownership difficult or impossible for drivers in many parts of the country—household wireless charging technology would likely alleviate that.
40% of current EV drivers consider finding the right plug at a charging station a frustrating process. 46% of Baby Boomers are concerned about the accessibility of current charging stations, which are often challenging for those with mobility issues to navigate.
How to find the best prices for car insurance
Until more affordable options become available, electric vehicles remain an expensive investment, and the best way to protect them is with good car insurance. The
Jerryapp makes shopping around for the best prices fast and easy.
Signing up is free and takes about 45 seconds. Then, Jerry compares plans from over 50 insurance companies nationwide to find users the best price for the coverage they need. Jerry can even help users cancel their old plan and sign up for a new one.
Users save an average of over $800 a year.
“Jerryis an awesome tool to find rates personalized to your specific needs! I’m literally still sitting at the dealership and already finalized my new insurance so I can drive my new car off the lot.” —Charity R.