Roughly 30% Car Shoppers Familiar with Electric Vehicles, Carter Myers Automotive Wants to Educate

Charlottesville, Virginia, nonprofit Generation180 has teamed up with Carter Myers Automotive to get motorists interested in driving electric vehicles (EV).

The dealership will provide car shoppers the opportunity to widen their choices by letting them experience how it feels to drive an EV.

“Over 90% of people have heard about electric vehicles, but only about 30% are familiar with them in any way,” Stuart Gardner, the director of Generation180′s Electrify Your Ride campaign, told NBC29.com.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released data showing that EVs can be as safe as their traditional gas-powered counterparts, according to reporting by ABC News. With the support of insurance companies, the IIHS assessed electric and conventional versions of nine vehicle models from 2011 to 2019, including the vehicles’ collision, property damage liability and injury claims. The study revealed that injury claims associated with electric vehicle incidents were more than 40% lower, compared to their conventional counterpart models.

Generation180 is a nonprofit organization that aims “to inspire and equip people to take action on clean energy.” It was created to encourage America to achieve a much-needed transition to clean energy.   

Virginia recently became the first “zero-emission vehicle” state in the South with its General Assembly’s passage of four bills that expand access to electric vehicles by allowing dealerships to sell them at a lower cost, reported NBC29.com.

Source: Carter Myers hoping to educate car shoppers on electric vehicles as ‘only about 30% are familiar with them’