Motorists remain sceptical of EVs, research reveals

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 13:30
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WORRY: Most drivers still not convinced by EVs

More than two-thirds of drivers would not consider buying an electric car, analysis by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has revealed.

According to the IAM’s scrutiny of the latest government research, a huge 69% of motorists would not be interested in going all-electric.

The most important factors influencing motorists were recharging (40%), the distanced travelled on a battery (39%) and cost (33%).

Currently, less than 1% of drivers already own an electric car or van, with a further 5% admitting they were thinking about buying an electric car.

However, 37% of drivers said lower cost would encourage them to buy an electric vehicle, with distance travelled (20%), widely-available charging points (17%) and environmental friendliness (16%) also influential.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the IAM, said:  “It is clear that the government have a long way to go to convince drivers that electric vehicles really are the future.

“On the positive side drivers are not worried about safety or comfort issues, but range anxiety and charging infrastructure remain real stumbling blocks.

“For the good of the environment the IAM want to see quicker roll out of charging points and long term guarantees that the current £5,000 subsidy will remain in place.”

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