The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t modified Individuals emotions about electrical vehicles, however automotive buyers do anticipate extra from EVs, in keeping with a brand new J.D. Energy survey.

A lung-related pandemic throws the necessity for diminished emissions into stark reduction, however Individuals’ views of electrical vehicles stay about the identical as they have been at the moment final 12 months.

The J.D. Energy 2020 Q3 Mobility Confidence Index Examine measures opinions of survey respondents on a 100-point scale. It discovered that emotions about electrical vehicles have been roughly impartial, at 54 factors on the dimensions, down from 55 factors in Q3 2019.

J.D. Energy did observe rising expectations for driving vary and charging instances, nevertheless. Greater than three-fourths (78%) of respondents mentioned they anticipated a variety of 300 miles or extra, up three share factors from Q3 2019.

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The share of U.S. respondents keen to attend solely quarter-hour or much less for cost recovering 200 miles of vary additionally elevated to 45%, from 41% in Q3 2019, in keeping with J.D. Energy.

Solely 13% of respondents mentioned they anticipated to purchase an electrical automotive in some unspecified time in the future between now and 2022, whereas 30% mentioned that they had no intention to ever take into account shopping for one, Kristin Kolodge, government director of driver interplay and human-machine interface analysis at J.D. Energy, mentioned in a press release.

Whereas the Q3 2020 survey and its 2019 counterpart share a considerably pessimistic tone, a wider vary of surveys have additionally urged that charging availability is a problem. In a 2019 Volvo/Harris ballot, 61% of respondents cited lack of charging infrastructure as probably the most vital issue holding again their buy of an electrical automotive.

There could also be extra room for optimism on vary, nevertheless.

In a survey revealed earlier this 12 months, AAA concluded that owning an EV will cure range anxiety and different considerations. The large battery packs wanted to get headline-grabbing vary figures additionally aren’t the greenest approach to go electrical—and may not even be necessary for a lot of automotive patrons.