PHOTO CAPTION: Nissan LEAF owner poses with his new electric car.

Wall Street Journal Reveals Who Drives Electric Cars in America

Survey finds that EV drivers put on fewer miles and tend to be more affluent.

Published: 08-Nov-2013

Electric cars are still such a novelty that little is known about their owners and how they use the vehicles. But recent research is beginning to unlock some of the mysteries.

Plug-in vehicles—those that run entirely on battery power or that combine electric and gasoline drives—represent less than 1% of total U.S. vehicle sales, but in the past three years their numbers have grown rapidly. Sales nearly tripled in 2012 and are on track to nearly double this year, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association, a trade group.

WSJ Who Drives EVs infograph


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Professor Juan Cole

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