A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, finds that electric cars have lost out on the share of American adults who say they own one.
But the study also found that they still have some success among those who do own them, with the share that say they’ve used an electric vehicle rising from 13 percent in 2013 to 19 percent last year.
Among those who own one, the share who say electric cars are more popular jumped to 20 percent last fall, up from 17 percent in 2014, the report found.
And while the share in the country that says electric cars make more sense than gas cars has dropped slightly, the percentage that thinks electric cars can save money has stayed relatively steady, with a 7 percent share in 2016.
The study was based on responses to a 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center and is available online.
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It’s still struggling to meet emissions goals and a growing number of countries are not developing any of the nation’s new clean-energy technologies, said Stephen C. Kosslyn, an associate professor of environmental studies at UC Berkeley.
But “the public is more receptive to clean energy, so we think the U.