10/04/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/04/2019 14:31
Illinois drivers want greater access to vehicles with lower emissions, and support their state requiring more plug-in electric options
Chicago, IL - A new survey of prospective car buyers in Illinois finds broad interest in electric vehicles, as well as strong support for an incentive program available to all consumers purchasing an electric vehicle.
6 in 10 prospective car buyers in Illinois have some interest in electric cars, trucks and SUVs, finds a newly-published survey conducted by Consumer Reports (CR) and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Most prospective Illinois car buyers (58 percent) also say their state should require automakers to offer plug-in electric vehicle options for purchase, with only 14 percent disagreeing with this policy option.
In August, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Kyoto Repeal Act, clearing the way for Illinois to begin the process of adopting 'Clean Car standards,' which includes Low Emission Vehicle and Zero Emission Vehicle standards. If Illinois adopts the Clean Car standards, it would join 14 other states that have chosen strong vehicle emission standards, using state authority to protect consumers from the harmful effects of air pollution and high fuel bills. Minnesota and New Mexico have also recently announced the intention to adopt Clean Car standards.
'The road to cleaner cars and healthier citizens is clear, and it is the path that Illinois consumers want their state to take,' says Shannon Baker-Branstetter, manager of cars and energy policy for Consumer Reports. 'With the White House threatening to weaken pollution rules for vehicles, it's up to the Illinois governor to use his authority to protect consumers with Clean Car standards.'
Prospective vehicle buyers in Illinois overwhelmingly want to see more electric cars available to buy, and believe that electric vehicles have real benefits:
Policies that would grow the electric car market and help consumers drive electric also draw strong support in Illinois:
Electric vehicles offer significantly lower operating and fueling costscompared to traditional, gas-powered cars. Electric vehicles in Illinois, on average, also produce about 69% less greenhouse gas emissions than gas-powered vehicles, according to a recent analysis by Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports supports state adoption of low and zero emission standards because they save drivers money on fuel, improve the kinds of vehicles consumers already like to drive, and increase buying options for consumers at their local car dealerships.