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More Car Buyers Consider Electric Vehicles: AAA

One in five Americans would consider going electric for their next vehicle, according to a survey conducted by AAA.

It’s a five percent increase from 2017.

The survey shows range anxiety among consumers is starting to ease. Range anxiety refers to how long a vehicle can run on a single charge.

One factor is the expanding network of charging stations. There are more than 400 publicly accessible EV charging stations across Connecticut.

Newer electric vehicles are also designed to go further.

But the survey finds the main thing car buyers are looking for in an electric vehicle is reliability.

"You've got lower and lower pricing as the technology as the technology improves. And also, we know from AAA research that electric and hybrid vehicles are more cost-effective over the long run," said Amy Parmenter, who is the spokesperson for AAA of Greater Hartford.

Each year, AAA tests hybrid, plug-in and electric vehicles for ride quality, safety and performance.

AAA rated the Tesla Model X 75D the overall winner.

The Nissan Leaf SL was named Best Compact.

Kia’s Niro LX was the highest rated vehicle under $30,000.

Electric vehicle buyers may qualify for a federal tax credit up to $7,500.

And right now, Eversource customers are eligible for a $3,000 rebate off the MSRP of a Nissan Leaf. The offer is good through July 2, 2018.

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