EV Quiz: How Well Do You Know These Electric Cars?

by Denis Gurskiy

It’s probably not too far-fetched to assume that someone who frequents websites specifically dedicated to electric vehicles would be quite knowledgeable in that regard. Well, why not put your knowledge to the test in this short EV quiz below?

The above quiz comes courtesy of our friends over at EV Compare who have a very slick and intuitive site for comparing electric cars.

Since we are on the topic of electric car knowledge, we should talk about a big hurdle that must be overcome if we intend for there to be mass electric car adoption. Since a majority EV enthusiasts spend their time reading about electric cars and their progress on a daily basis, it might be easy to forget that the general public has nowhere near that amount of knowledge on the industry.

Even now in 2019, when so many automakers have announced their commitment to moving forward with electrification, there seems to be a dearth of electric car knowledge by the general public. An easy way to see this illustrated is by the multitude of surveys that have been taken over the years. I would like to share a few of the surveys and their findings to illustrate the point of how vital it is to educated people on how electric cars actually work.

  • Union of Concerned Scientists and Consumer Reports Survey
    • 72% say automakers should provide more kinds of electric vehicles, including SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans.
    • 73% say increased electric car use will help reduce oil use.
    • 72% say increased electric car use will help reduce pollution.
    • 65% say electric cars will help consumers save money on fuel and maintenance.
    • 67% say electric utilities should offer discount rates for plug-in electric car charging.
    • 67% are supportive of their state investing in electric car charging stations.
    • 64% are supportive of their state increasing the use of plug-in electric school buses, public transit, and fleets.

The results of the survey were fairly promising, as a large majority of individuals surveyed were in favor of automakers producing more electric cars. Despite this, however, over a quarter of those surveyed did not believe that electric cars would help reduce oil use or pollution, and 36% of people surveyed were against the use of plug-in public transit services despite the fact that they would make a huge dent in the reduction of harmful emissions.

  • Encore Digital Media
    • Although four out of ten could name Tesla, the next best known EV brand was BMW named by just 18%and other brands struggling to get above 15% 
    • 31% of the population believe that electric vehicles need more infrastructure with recharge time (42%) and lack of information (34%) being other key barriers
    • The study found that EV misconceptions are still rife with over half of the audience (53%) not knowing you can charge an EV with a normal household plug. One in five of the audience didn’t know that you don’t pay Road Tax if you have an electric car. Two thirds also didn’t know that the battery is charged every time an EV driver hits the brakes. 

In this study, the knowledge aspect of owning electric vehicles was explored, and it was found that over one-third of those surveyed stated that their lack of knowledge was an obstacle they faced when looking to purchase an electric car. However, it seemed that some people within the group were unaware of how little they actually knew about electric cars, as over half of them did not know it was possible to charge a car from a normal household plug. While such a thing may be common knowledge to most EV enthusiasts, it’s possible that over half of the population doesn’t even know that you can charge a car from a regular plug.

  • MINI Survey
    •  Two-thirds (66 percent) of consumers surveyed believe that EVs are for early adopters.
    • Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of consumers surveyed did not know where their nearest EV charging station was located
    • When consumers were asked to choose an acceptable amount of time it should take to charge an EV, the most common answer (28 percent) was ‘‘I don’t know” followed by “30 minutes” (25 percent).

The first point is exactly what Electrify America’s current advertisement/education campaign is trying to contest with. While many people like to compare electric cars to spaceships, they are nowhere near as complicated, and the average person should be able to navigate an electric car with little to no issue.

  • JD Power Mobility Confidence Index Study
    • Over two-thirds (68%) of consumers say they have no experience with battery-electric vehicles, meaning they have never been in one.
    • More than half (61%) of respondents say battery-electric vehicles are better for the environment.
    • Among those who have owned or leased a battery-electric vehicle, 75% say they would consider repurchasing a similar vehicle.
    • Among those who have never been in a battery-electric vehicle, only 40% said they would consider purchasing or leasing one.

In JD Power’s Mobility Confidence Index Study, it was found that electric cars had a neutral confidence outlook based on the number of individuals surveyed. Over two-thirds of the sample group surveyed had no experience with electric cars, and 39% of those surveyed did not believe that electric cars were better for the environment.

So, why am I telling you this? Well, while there will hopefully be a stronger push for education in the future, you are just as invaluable in helping educate the public as any major organization. EV owners seem to always be at the ready to field any sort of questions that others might have about electric cars. Sure, they may not be able to reach one million people, but starting off with your family, friends, and colleagues can go along way.

While you don’t necessarily have to teach your friends about the differences between a CCS and CHAdeMo charge port, make sure to at least tell them that they can plug their car into a regular outlet.

So, are you suited to teach the world about electric cars? Let us know what you got on the quiz in the comments below.

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Randy Spencer September 15, 2019 - 3:50 pm

So the quiz is about OLDER cars? Not the currently selling cars?

Den September 5, 2019 - 9:36 am

Thanks for your feedback.
Check out fueleconomy or Chevrolet official website, they still state 238 miles EPA range for the Chevy Bolt 2019.

David Reed September 3, 2019 - 4:14 pm

Your range question, #6, is out of date, the 2020 Bolt beats the others @ 259 miles of range


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