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Americans more interested in EVs as gas prices soar

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Story at a glance

  • Soaring gas prices have led to an increased interest in electric vehicles, a new analysis shows.
  • California, Delaware and Washington showed the greatest search interest in alternative fuel vehicles at the state level.
  • QuoteWizard conducted the analysis between Feb. 11 and March 11 using Google Search analytics data.

Soaring gas prices have led to an increased interest in electric vehicles, according to a new analysis of American’s web searches.  

An analysis conducted by QuoteWizard between February and March 2022, using Google Search analytics, found that searches for electric vehicles increased by 300 percent. At the same time, interest in hybrid cars jumped by 257 percent.  

U.S. gas prices reached the highest point ever recorded last week, while crude oil similarly reached a 14-year high. But the price of oil per barrel recently dipped, leading President Biden to call on companies to lower gas prices.  

“Oil prices are decreasing, gas prices should too. Last time oil was $96 a barrel, gas was $3.62 a gallon. Now it’s $4.31,” the president wrote in a tweet. “Oil and gas companies shouldn’t pad their profits at the expense of hardworking Americans.” 

The Quote Wizard analysis found that California, Delaware and Washington showed the greatest search interest in alternative fuel vehicles at the state level, with New Hampshire and Maine rounding out the top five.  

Four California cities — San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fresno — were included in the top five cities with the highest interest in electric and hybrid vehicles.  

Here’s a list of the top five states and cities:  

  1. California
  2. Delaware
  3. Washington
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Maine.

Cities 

  1. San Diego
  2. Los Angeles
  3. San Francisco
  4. Fresno, Calif.
  5. Bend, Ore.

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