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Kids Today Want Electric Cars: Automakers Should Take Notice

Kids Today Want Electric Cars: Automakers Should Take Notice

Kids are the future, and they want their future to be electric.

If we can get children on board with electric cars , we can all but guarantee that the future of the segment will be even more electrifying. It has been proven time and time again that if companies can get kids to buy in, progress may well be inevitable. Not only do they push parents to make decisions and/or even buy them the latest products, but it won’t be too long before they’re out in the world using their own buying power. SBD Automotive North America director Jeff Hannah reminds, “Ignore kids at your own peril.”

SBD North America is a leading consultancy service that focuses on automotive technology, and more specifically, connected cars. Hannah recently spoke during the AutoMobility LA conference and pointed out the reality that current middle-school kids (Generation Z) will be the next major wave of people buying cars. We still don’t know for sure if by that time fully autonomous vehicles will be on public roads or how much ride-sharing services will expand, but either way, it’s a wise decision for automakers to take cues from these kids.

Hannah traveled throughout the U.S. and asked kids questions related to transportation. Overall, he learned that they don’t seem too concerned about vehicle ownership or getting their driver’s license. However, they’re all about electric and autonomous cars. During his recent speech, Hannah brought four seventh-grade girls up on stage to talk about the future of cars. We’ve included his questions and their responses below (via WardsAuto ):

Do you want to own a car when you’re older?

“I want a car, because I have friends that live far away.”

“Some places aren’t walking distance, so I want a car.”

“I want a car […]

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