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The high SUV sales can be seen as a reflection of consumer choice – except that consumers don’t have much choice, as innovation policy expert Ashley Nunes told The Sacramento Bee.
There are far fewer electric vehicles than gas-powered models, and they tend to be more expensive. Half of electric vehicle sales last year were Tesla Model 3s, which costs “almost twice as much as the average small car in 2021,” according to the Bee. Nonetheless, a 2020 Consumer Reports study found that “battery-powered car owners” could save up to $10,000 over the lifetime of their car.