Survey says for millennials it's yes to cars, no to electric ones. This comes per Continental AGs 2015 Mobility Study.
Contrary to the common trope 84% of respondents between 16 and 25 believe driving is important, 76% of them are driving in some capacity everyday. Imagine that.
Interestingly 94% of all respondents said they owned their vehicles, while only 1% said they had a preference for car sharing services. Now we may be dealing with statistical bias here. Continental is a tire company and I'm willing to bet the Survey was sent to people who have bought Conti tires in the last year (they never sent me one even though I shod my Miele with fresh Gatorskins last fall) which would certainly explain the huge skew towards ownership.
Continuing to be contrary, 'greener', electrified mobility does not find favour. 71% of Americans think EV's are green, 31% think they're fun to drive, 38% appreciate their designs and 27% think they're sporty. These cars have an image problem, probably brought on by the demagogic Prius crowd that carried the mail for years before Elon made it cool-ish.
But even worse for the affordable EV aficionados is that 21% of 31 to 59 year olds think EV's are a viable form of transportation and 24% of 16 to 30 year olds plan to use EV's over the next decade. This would seem influenced by high sticker prices and range anxiety.
This raises an interesting question, are cars like the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 entering a uninterested market? They will certainly solve the cost factor to a degree (still millenials will buy used until they pull down significant money) but range anxiety will still be an issue. In Urban settings where millennials are found most, apartment dwelling is the norm meaning storage for EV infrastructure is not possible. Exacerbating the problem somewhat paradoxically is that a short commute time renders the EV superfluous and a longer commute reduces viability further...
Source: Continental AG