It’s revealed that 77% of British drivers WON’T be buying an electric car – here’s why | The Sun

BRITISH drivers will have to buy an EV if they want a new car from the year 2030.

That's the current law, but recent research suggests that 77% of British drivers still don't want an electric car.

A study undertaken by electric car subscription company Elmo asked 2000 British drivers who don't own an EV what they thought.

Some 77% said that an electric car wouldn't be their next purchase.

Around 26% said they still found petrol or diesel vehicles the most attractive.

Hybrid cars followed closely in second place with 25.7% choosing them and finally fully electric ranking third with 12.5% of the votes.

Just less than 24% of motorists cannot tell the difference, with a further 12% saying they don’t think any type of car looks more attractive than another.

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More than a third of those against EVs (38.9%) said that the purchase price is the biggest turn-off for them when looking at buying an electric car as their next vehicle. 

Nearly 21% said a lack of charging infrastructure was the main reason, while nearly 15% said the range of electric cars not being good enough was their main turn-off.

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After that, 10% put charging times down as the biggest frustration.

However, Elmo also found that 58% of people were not aware of the potential monetary gains of owning an electric vehicle.


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Further to that, more than a third (35%) of the drivers asked didn't know the costs of charging an electric car.

Elmo crunched the numbers on how much cheaper EVs are to run than the equivalent petrol or diesel motor.

It said that drivers should expect annual running costs of owning an electric vehicle to be less than £2,000 – or as little as £30 per week.

Compare that with conventional vehicles, where drivers can expect to pay an average of £2,200 per year – equivalent to more than £40 per week.

With the average driver owning their car for 8.6 years, this equates to a saving of £1,720 per car.

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