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Survey: 60% of people wouldn’t consider buying an electric vehicle…

Submitted by on September 28, 2015 – 6:10 am |

Direct365 logoNew research has shown that the majority or people in the UK are still unconvinced by electric vehicles.

The survey was conducted by Direct365 – a company that provides essential business services, including commercial vehicle leasing – and found that 60% of the public would not consider buying an electric vehicle at this stage.

Interestingly, it appears that younger people are more inclined to purchase an electricity-powered vehicle than older generations.

More than half of the 18 to 24-year-olds who took part in the 770-strong survey said they would be open to the idea, while 42% of 25 to 34-year-olds said likewise. The results showed that the 35 to 44 age group were the least receptive to electric vehicles, with less than one in three saying they would buy one.

According to the most recent data published by the government, the transport sector is the second biggest polluter (behind energy generation) in the UK, accounting for just over one-fifth of all of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. With the country expected to cut its emissions by 80% by 2050, it’s crucial that the transport industry cleans up its act, and electric vehicles are seen as a big part of the overall solution.

At the moment, electric vehicles have clear flaws, not least the limited mileage range that drivers get between charges. Further development is needed, and a second survey conducted by Direct365 showed that most people in the UK think that technological advancements in this area need to be prioritised.

Of more than 800 respondents, almost two-thirds said the development of electric vehicles is important, while 18% were indifferent. More than one in five stated that the research and development of these vehicles isn’t a priority.

Direct365 ran the two surveys as part of the company’s ongoing #Green365 campaign, which is aimed at encouraging small businesses to make subtle changes that will have a positive impact on the environment.

Sam Tinsley, the organisation’s General Manager, said the latest findings show that work still needs to be done to convince a lot of people that electric vehicles are the way forward.

“Great strides have been made in the development of electric vehicles in the past few years, and it seems that people are steadily coming around to the idea of buying one. However, there’s still a long way to go before everybody is convinced that this is the future of motoring. It’s interesting to see that it’s the younger generations who are the biggest advocates of electric vehicles,” Sam commented.

Encouragingly, the government announced last month that “electric highways” will be trialled in the UK. In a nutshell, the new technology will allow drivers to charge their electric vehicles as they travel along certain roads.

Sam added: “There’s no doubt that ‘range anxiety’ is a big concern for motorists, and the risk of being stranded when your electric car runs out of battery power is understandably off-putting. It’s encouraging that a potential solution in the form of electric highways is already in the pipeline.”

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