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Web searches for electric cars broke records amid rising fuel costs

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Story at a glance

  • Searches for electric cars in March 2022 were at the highest recorded levels since tracking began in January 2004.
  • The search for “how much does it cost to charge an electric car” was up more than 400 percent.
  • In the U.S., the highest recorded average gas price for regular unleaded was $4.33 per gallon on March 11, 2022.

Online searches for electric cars in the United States hit record highs this month as gas prices surged. 

Searches for electric cars in March were at the highest recorded levels since tracking began in January 2004, according to Google Trends.   

The search for “how much does it cost to charge an electric car” was up more than 400 percent. 


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In correlation to the trend, gas prices in the U.S. have also hit record highs.   

According to AAA, the highest recorded average gas price for regular unleaded was $4.33 per gallon on March 11, 2022. On Friday, the average price for regular unleaded nationwide was $4.24.   

California, which has the most registered electric vehicles in the country, was the state with the most electric vehicle-centered searches during this timeframe. 


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