new, independent report investigates giving consumers the freedom to buy – the opportunity to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by lifting the current prohibition that exists in most states which prevents manufacturers from selling EVs directly to the consumer.

The analysis estimates that by enabling manufacturers to sell EVs directly to consumers, EV adoption may increase by as much as 13 percent between 2023 and 2030. This will help to accelerate the United States’ transition towards electric transportation and away from a reliance on oil that leaves us vulnerable to the national and economic security risks associated with our dependence on oil.

The report, developed by Atlas Public Policy in partnership with the Electrification Coalition, examines the potential impact of requiring manufacturers to sell EVs through franchised dealerships, including:  

  • Consumers have reported poor EV buying experiences at dealerships, 
  • Dealers are incentivized to sell internal combustion engine vehicles rather than EVs due to the dealership revenue associated with future servicing needs,  
  • Dealer franchise laws add costs for consumers, and 
  • Giving consumers the freedom to buy via direct-to-consumer models leaves both consumers and manufacturers better off.  

The analysis found that giving consumers the freedom to buy EVs direct from a manufacturer could increase EV sales by between 360,000 and 3.9 million, with a medium case increase of about 1.4 million EVs, or a 5 percent increase. This potential increase in EV adoption would result in a cumulative greenhouse gas reduction of between 11 and 117 million metric tons of CO2e, with the medium case reduction of 42 million metric tons.

Giving consumers the freedom to buy alone will not be the silver bullet to a rapid transition to all-electric transportation. Still, it will be one of the many levers of both state and federal policies needed if we are to succeed in our mission to electrify our transportation system.

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.