Article By John Redfern

New study finds 6 in 10 drivers would consider an EV

Better charging infrastructure and environmental concerns are persuading drivers to think about electric cars.

New research by the Motor Ombudsman has found a majority of drivers would consider switching to an electric car next year.

Nearly two thirds (61 percent) of the 2,022 UK motorists questioned said they would think about purchasing a new or used EV.

Younger drivers are more likely to choose battery power. Some 79 percent of those aged between 17 and 24 said they would opt for electric.

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The online study, undertaken by YouGov, also asked those considering an electric car about the factors motivating them to switch.

More than half (59 percent) said the UK’s growing EV charging network was helping persuade them.

A greater choice of electric cars was a reason for 42 percent, while 39 cited the current price of petrol and diesel.

Recent fuel shortages were a concern for 22 percent, with the expanding London Ultra Low Emission Zone on the minds of 15 percent of respondents.

Another part of the survey investigated the secondary reasons that might make drivers consider buying electric.

Environmental concerns were the overriding reason, with more than two thirds (68 percent) citing them as a factor.

Someway behind was the ability to charge a car on a home driveway (39 percent), with low mileage a reason for 29 percent. Fewer mechanical parts, and the associated savings on servicing, would help sway 19 percent.

Despite the large amounts of technology found in new electric cars, owning the latest gadget mattered to just nine percent.

Bill Fennell, managing director of the Motor Ombudsman, said: “As our study has shown, electric vehicles are fast becoming a leading choice for motorists when buying a car, thanks in part to the growing charging network and the greater choice of models now on the market.”

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