Electric cars are now some of the most-desired vehicles among Americans

We’ve come a long way since the days when electric cars were ugly and unrealistic concept projects coming from auto makers. As proof, AAA recently conducted a study in which 15 percent of respondents said they were likely to purchase or lease an electric vehicle as their next car, versus 16 percent for a pickup truck, which is historically the most popular specialty vehicle in such surveys. This is particularly noteworthy because gasoline prices are near historical inflation-adjusted lows and far fewer people have actual experience driving or owning EVs than traditional gas-powered trucks. Furthermore, the findings are even more striking among millennials, of whom a full 20 percent identified an electric car as their vehicle of choice in the future. Although with Tesla teasing an electric truck in the next "18 to 24 months," consumers may soon get the best of both worlds.