British Drivers To Shun Electric Cars For Nine More Years

Thu 30th Aug 2018

Electric motors remain off limits to many UK drivers, with high costs given as one of the many reasons for a lack of interest.

The research, which has been published by AutoTrader, shows that despite the UK government’s huge push on eco-friendly motors, there remains indifference from the car buying public.

Car buyers in Britain purchase a new or used car every two to three years, but only a quarter of those surveyed said they would consider a plug-in as their next car.

Though there is an increasing number of charge points installed in the UK, 17,612 at 6,131 locations at the last count - a lack of charge points is still the number one concern when it comes to buying an electric car. The mood on going green remains much the same as the same period last year, with nearly half of respondents saying they didn’t care more about fuel types than they did last year.

Whilst the government may be concerned that the ‘go-green’ message does not appear to be hitting home, they may be boosted by AutoTrader’s revelation that searches for diesels on their website has fallen from a peak of 72 per cent to a current low of 47 per cent. But the UK’s confidence in electric cars does not match that of the government, with the prospect of half of all new cars being sold by 2030 being electric said to be unrealistic.

But Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, a campaigning group for electric vehicles, is keen to address all concerns. She said: "EVs can be driven for as little as 2p per mile, compared with 10-12p for a conventionally powered vehicle, meaning the typical car owner can save hundreds of pounds every year in fuel costs alone.

"There are also additional savings such as tax benefits and reduced servicing and maintenance costs.

"Although charging is one of the biggest barriers to mass consumer uptake, almost half of motorists drive less than 15 miles a day, while 98 per cent said they travel less than 100 – well within the range of pure electric vehicles and easily achievable in a plug-in hybrid.

"What’s more, charging data also shows more than 90 per cent of all EV charging takes place at home, bringing added convenience for drivers.”