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Polestar conducted a survey earlier this year that found that 55% of American drivers bought an EV for reasons other than the environmental benefits. Reasons like In-vehicle technology, seamless connectivity and infotainment system offerings were considered more important for respondents.

I thought it'd be interesting to get a sense of what everyone though of this. Was the environment your main reason for buying a bZ4X? Or was it something else?


  • New survey reveals 55% US drivers purchase an electric car for reasons other than environmental benefits
  • Almost half of respondents are open to buying an electric car from a new brand, many more than with a gasoline powered vehicle
  • Generational differences affect rationale for electric car purchase
MAHWAH, N.J. (July 26, 2022) – Polestar, the Swedish premium electric performance car brand, has conducted research that has found that 55 percent of US drivers purchase electric cars for reasons other than environmental benefits. In-vehicle technology, seamless connectivity and infotainment system offerings have been named as the most important decisions for consumers switching to an electric car from an internal-combustion vehicle.

“The idea of luxury being defined by what’s ‘under the hood’ has been replaced in the electric era with the prioritization of seamless connectivity, integration into existing digital ecosystems, and good UX design,” said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar North America. “People are switching to electric cars for more than just environmental reasons, and Polestar’s focus on in-vehicle technology means they can have everything they want in an environmentally friendly package.

Polestar 2 was the first vehicle to market with the revolutionary Google-developed infotainment system. The system features Google built-in, including industry-leading voice control via Google Assistant. This enables control of functions using natural voice commands, including navigation through Google Maps, the climate system, music, phone and more.

Brand image also makes a difference to consumers based on age demographics. Fifty-seven percent of millennials (ages 25 to 40) are confident in new electric car brands compared to only 28 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 57 to 75). Nearly half (46 percent) of all respondents are more open to new brands and start-ups such as Polestar when it comes to purchasing an electric car.

Despite eco-consciousness not necessarily being a driving factor for over half of respondents, younger drivers are also much more concerned with appearing environmentally conscious compared to their older counterparts. For Gen Z respondents (ages 18-24), image is a big factor, with 12 percent saying it would be the most important consideration when choosing an electric car compared to an internal-combustion vehicle. That is twice as many as Millennials (ages 25-41), and more than three times as many as Baby Boomers ages (57-74).

To obtain this data, Polestar commissioned a third-party survey, fielded earlier this year with more than 5,000 electric and internal combustion drivers across all 50 US states. The survey questioned drivers on the state of electric car acceptance, charging infrastructure, and the perception of electric car brands when purchasing a vehicle.

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This random double-opt-in survey of 5,086 American drivers was commissioned by Polestar between Jan. 5 and Jan. 26, 2022. It was conducted by market research company OnePoll, whose team members are members of the Market Research Society and have corporate membership to the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).
 

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While I thought of the environment for this process, I mainly am just sick and tired of the oil cartels (OPEC) and holding the world hostage to their demands. Seems once a decade (at least) that one or more members of the oil cartels goes rogue (Russia this year) and frankly, living with it since the 70's, I said enough if enough. We can produce enough clean energy (in time) and upgrade our power grid to handle charging and tell OPEC to eat their oil. Can then sell them corn for $300 a bushel. /rant
 

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Yes, at least partly. Hybrid being better for the environment was one thing that attracted me to Toyota, and as I am a big person, I need a big car. So my RAV4 gets the same economy as my parents super mini.

I try and buy renewable energy, and with the mess that the oil market is, the geopolitical situation surrounding that, seeing a big improvement in charging infrastructure and my old car being worth much more than the remaining finance, it seemed the right time to go electric. I knew my current car would be my last ICE, but I didn’t expect to move on so soon.

In some ways it’s bad for the environment to change car… but it probably will mean one less pure ICE car on the road at the end of the chain.
 

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... and no more oil changes.
New item is every 30,000 miles or 36 months: inspect e-transaxle fluid.

If towing (yeah, not rated, recommended against, yada yada yada), car top carrier or heavy vehicle loading, replace e-transaxle fluid every 60,000 miles or 72 months.

There are also traction battery coolant inspections and replacements.

Nothing as often as the usual oil and oil filter replacement.

This is another reason, as we get older, we don't want an ICE or even the RAV4 Prime PHEV combo.

Mostly plug it in, check tires, etc.

Yay for older folks.
 

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Ordered mine because I am genuinely concerned about air quality and climate change. Also, electricity costs are stable and electricity production overall is cleaner than oil production, especially if it's hydroelectric. I am sick and tired of oil companies pushing the limits of what they can charge customers for gas. Also, their business practices ruin water supplies, damage wetlands and emit toxic emissions. To me, it's a no brainer.
 

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Ordered mine because I am genuinely concerned about air quality and climate change. Also, electricity costs are stable and electricity production overall is cleaner than oil production, especially if it's hydroelectric. I am sick and tired of oil companies pushing the limits of what they can charge customers for gas. Also, their business practices ruin water supplies, damage wetlands and emit toxic emissions. To me, it's a no brainer.
Welcome to the forum. Is the bZ4X going to be your first EV?
 

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Ordered mine because I am genuinely concerned about air quality and climate change. Also, electricity costs are stable and electricity production overall is cleaner than oil production, especially if it's hydroelectric. I am sick and tired of oil companies pushing the limits of what they can charge customers for gas. Also, their business practices ruin water supplies, damage wetlands and emit toxic emissions. To me, it's a no brainer.
Welcome @2wheelsandopenroad! What sold you on going with the bZ compared to other EVs?
 

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There is not only 1, my reasons are better quality ride, clean energy, less maintenance and lower running cost and IRS Tax credit.
.... Although, will you even get the Tax Credit now? (I'm assuming you're in Hawaii, and therefore Servco is severely behind on orders, mainly because of the Plant shut down in Japan and secondly the Recall).


and for me... NO, the environment was not my reason for an EV. or the bZ4X...... Wanted an EV for the technology and save on gas (my electric deal is pretty sweet)... and wanted a bZ4X because its Toyota (i'm going on reliability).
 
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