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Without significant investment in infrastructure, 84% of motorists won’t consider an electric car

The UK’s leading online garage and car repair marketplace has revealed that more than four fifths (84%) of the public wouldn’t consider buying an electric vehicle, unless the Government invests heavily in a comprehensive public charging network. Instead, the site is urging people to regularly service their petrol and diesel cars to help keep emissions down, after deeming the Government’s 2040 target for no fossil fuel vehicle production ‘unrealistic’.

 The UK’s leading online garage and car repair marketplace has revealed that more than four fifths (84%) of the public wouldn’t consider buying an electric vehicle, unless the government invests in a comprehensive public charging network.

WhoCanFixMyCar.com has surveyed its users to find out the public’s view on electric cars, as well as their thoughts on the government’s target of no petrol and diesel vehicle production after 2040, and revealed that two fifths (40%) haven’t purchased an electric vehicle due to range limitations – something that doesn’t affect petrol and diesel powered vehicles.

To see a full breakdown of the stats, and see WhoCanFixMyCar.com’s tips for keeping emissions down, click here

WhoCanFixMyCar.com has also revealed that nearly half (48%) of the public haven’t bought an electric vehicle due to the cost, whilst less than 2% of people said that they were worried about the ‘stylishness’ of electric cars like the Prius.

 WhoCanFixMyCar.com is an online car garage and repair marketplace connecting more than 12,500 garage and repair centres with drivers around the UK. The site has over 1.5 million users and has recently processed more than 175,000 quotes through the site in one month.

Al Preston, co-founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said, “The government has backed electric cars as the future of motoring in this country, however I think their target of 2040 is unrealistic considering the lack of charging infrastructure we have in the UK at the moment, and that’s supported by our findings. If people don’t feel like they’ll be able to charge an electric car, why would they buy one?

“At the moment, I think it’s important for people to make sure their current petrol and diesel cars are running as efficiently as possible, as the less fuel they use, the less emissions they’ll emit. Of course, we know that eventually something will have to replace the internal combustion engine, but for now it’s important to focus on keeping your car well serviced and properly maintained, to make sure we keep emissions as low as possible.”

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