About 20% of Americans say their next vehicle will be electric powered, according to a AAA survey released Tuesday.
2018's survey result is a 33% increase from the previous year when just 15% of respondents said their next vehicle will be electric.
Lower-than-average ownership costs, added safety features and increasing driving ranges were all factors in the increase.
Americans are less fearful that their electric vehicles will run out of juice before they are able to charge it, with 58% of respondents listing that as a fear this year compared to 68% who did last year.
Nearly 70% of people surveyed said that no more than 30 minutes of charging time would be reasonable while traveling.
Sales of pure electric vehicle reached 104,000 in 2017, a 24% increase from the previous year that still represented less than 1% of the total market for car sales.
Companies with an eye to the future are already hatching plans to ramp up electric vehicle production.