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85% of motorists would seriously consider an EV

By / 4 years ago / UK News / 2 Comments

Government measures to improve electric vehicle infrastructure are having the desired effect of driving EV interest, latest research finds.


85% of motorists would now consider buying an EV, such as Nissan LEAF.

Research by Venson Automotive Solutions reveals that 85% of motorists would now consider buying an electric vehicle (EV) or choosing one as their company car following continued investment from the motor industry, government and oil firms into expanding the charging network.

The research follows the government announcement that it is putting in place new measures to improve provision of EV charge points as part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, along with news from Total and Shell that they will be making charging points a standard feature at their petrol stations.

However, the survey also highlighted that more work is needed on educating motorists on the ownership benefits of EVs. A total of 41% of those surveyed said their general lack of knowledge about the total cost or convenience of owning such a vehicle impacted their decision making.

Venson’s survey findings reported that the lack of charge points across the UK has been the biggest deterrents for motorists (69%), when it comes to buying or choosing an electric vehicle. Limited mileage range came second (61%), with the cost of charging the vehicle (42%) in third place.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.