The UK OK with EVs
Almost 40% of British drivers are considering an electric vehicle as their next car, up from just 15% in 2017. And the number of online searches for EVs has doubled over the past two years, according to research from Close Brothers Motor Finance.
Drivers also have fewer concerns around EVs. Around one-quarter of respondents are worried about the initial cost of a vehicle (compared with 47% in 2018), while just 17% are apprehensive about the time it takes to charge EVs (down from 36%), while only 24% confess to having range anxiety (previously 43%).
Additional Close Brothers research finds that two-thirds of car dealers believe the UK government’s plans to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2032 is too soon. And 40% of dealers say they have no plans to stock alternative fuel vehicles any time soon.
However, more than one-third say the ban will make little difference as more consumers are turning to AFVs. One-quarter are already stocking AFVs in their showrooms, while a further 37% are looking to stock AFVs in the near future.