EV Drivers Won’t Turn Back

Thu 6th Jan 2022

The magical futuristic allure of driving an electric vehicle appears to be captivating a growing band of British motorists, and new analysis published this week reveals that nine out of ten owners would never go back to petrol or diesel.

The research, which has been compiled by Zap-Map, is a huge shot in the arm for the government’s aims to reach net zero for transport, with previous fears of range anxiety disappearing as a quarter of those surveyed admitting that they had used their EV to drive more than 300 miles.

Zap-Map, a charging app, surveyed 3,306 EV owners last year and found that 91 per cent were extremely happy and that only eight per cent would consider a return to a combustion engine. Only one per cent were keen to switch back to petrol or diesel.

Almost half of those who answered the questions revealed that they were driving their very first EV, with 28 per cent admitting to have made the switch in the previous 12 months.

“For the second year running we've seen that those who make the switch to electric simply don't look back,” said Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder of Zap-Map. “It's also clear from the distances EV drivers have travelled that concerns over range and other historical challenges of owning and running an EV are increasingly a thing of the past.”

The electric vehicle revolution shows no signs of slowing down, latest figures show that one in five cars sold in November was electric, a growth of 110 per cent compared to the previous year. 

Transport Minister, Trudy Harrison was buoyed by the results of the Zap-Map survey, she said: “These survey results show that drivers are becoming increasingly confident in making the switch to electric vehicles and I hope this data encourages others to consider going electric as we work towards the UK's ambitious net-zero targets.

“We've committed £2.5billion to accelerate the rollout of zero emission vehicles and charging infrastructure across the country, ensuring the transition is as simple as possible for motorists, as we take steps towards a greener transport future.”