Friday 2 June 2023

EVs rejected by 55% of drivers

EVs rejected by 55% of drivers

Electric vehicles (EVs) are being rejected by 55% of drivers, with cost the most common barrier.

That’s according to a survey by GoCompare, which revealed that close to 60% of respondents said they are not considering getting an EV within the next five years.

However, in seven years’ time the UK’s ban on the selling of new petrol and diesel vehicles comes into force.

In terms of cost, 71% said that electric cars should cost less than £25,000 – with the current average cost sitting at double that.

Without a fall in prices, these drivers said they would not invest in one, also listing range anxiety as a huge deterrent.

Ryan Fulthorpe from GoCompare said: “Unless prices come down, EVs will continue to be inaccessible for many, meaning the government will fail to meet its phase-out targets for vehicles with internal combustion engines. There needs to be a focus on reducing costs, as this is the main barrier for most.”

The Department for Transport has been approached for comment.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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