WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) - A bit more than one-third of Americans would consider buying an electric vehicle for their next model, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
The seven-day poll completed on Monday found 34 percent of all respondents would consider an EV, while 31 percent said no. Among Democrats 50 percent said they would consider an EV, while 26 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of independents said they would consider.
There are now more than 80 EV models for sale in the United States. EVs represented nearly 6 percent of all U.S. sales in 2022, with EV sales up by more than 60 percent last year.
President Joe Biden wants 50 percent of all new vehicles sold in 2030 to be EV or plug-in hybrid models. Tesla Inc. is the leading EV maker in the U.S., but other top-selling models include Ford Motor Co.'s Mustang Mach-E crossover, General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Bolt and Hyundai Motor's Ioniq 5.
The poll found 56 percent of respondents would be willing to pay no more than $49,999 for an EV. In August, the Biden administration won a significant expansion of $7,500 electric vehicle tax credits and other battery and EV manufacturing incentives to shift the industry toward electric models but EVs often still cost significantly more than $50,000.
The poll also found that 35 percent wanted an EV offering 500 or more miles of electric driving range per full charge, a distance few EVs offer today. Another 37 percent wanted a minimum of 300 miles.