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Electric Car Owners May Not Love Solar Panels So Much After All

  • Overlap of EVs, solar customers may be overstated: BNEF report
  • Original estimates may have relied too heavily on enthusiasts
A worker installs a solar panel on a home in California.
A worker installs a solar panel on a home in California.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The overlap between consumers who buy electric vehicles and those who want solar panels on their roofs may not be so broad after all.

While conventional wisdom has long held that EV drivers prefer to charge cars with clean energy, surveys that fed that belief targeted early adopters of the technologies who don’t necessarily represent the broadening demographic of today’s buyers, according to a report Tuesday from BloombergNEF.