Most Americans say they’d pay more for an American EV over Chinese models, even at higher price differences

New polling suggests Americans are willing to pay a premium for U.S.-made EVs over Chinese cars.

Why it matters: While the White House has imposed 100% tariffs on Chinese models, it’s possible they could eventually reach the U.S. beyond the small numbers here already.

Driving the news: “Majorities of both Republicans and Democrats would choose the more expensive American-made vehicle, regardless of the price difference,” states the polling summary from AP and the University of Chicago.

The big picture: BYD and other Chinese EV companies are making cars that, even with substantial tariffs, would be cheaper than most models currently for sale in the U.S.

  • But Ford, GM and others are planning a number of low-cost options.

Zoom in: That willingness to pay a premium is just one finding from the wide-ranging new survey on climate and energy topics. Take it for a spin.

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