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Surging support for EVs shows urgent need for greater infrastructure

Public support for electric vehicles is fast rising, putting increased pressure on the need for expanded charging infrastructure.

51% of drivers planning to buy a car in the next five years said insufficient charging infrastructure was preventing them from choosing an EV

So says LeasePlan as its latest research find that two in five (40%) drivers planning on leasing a car in the next five years will choose an electric vehicle but other drivers are being put off due to practical concerns surrounding infrastructure.

The Electric Vehicles and Sustainability research was carried out as part of the leasing giant’s annual Mobility Monitor, which saw more than 4,000 people in 16 different countries surveyed by Ipsos on the big issues facing drivers and the automotive industry in 2019.

The research showed a surge in positive attitude towards electric driving, with 61% of respondents indicating that they view zero-emission electric driving favourably. Nearly half of all surveyed said that their opinion towards electric driving has favourably improved over the past three years.

But a large number of drivers are still being hampered from turning to EVs due to concerns over infrastructure. A total of 51% of those planning to buy a car in the next five years said  insufficient charging infrastructure was preventing them from choosing an EV, while limited driving range, or so called ‘range anxiety’, was the reason another 45% said they would not go electric.

In Italy, Spain and the UK, more than six in every 10 respondents who plan to buy/lease a car in the next five years said a lack of electric charging stations would stop them from making the switch to electric driving

And 80% of those who said they would not go electric state that insufficient charging possibilities in public areas are a concern for them, yet less than half view charging at work as an area of concern.

Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan, said: “Our 2019 Mobility Monitor shows that public demand for zero-emission mobility far outpaces currently available EV infrastructure. We need to fix this now. The European Commission, together with national governments and local authorities, must step up and act on citizen demand for zero-emission mobility by investing in a comprehensive, pan-European charging infrastructure. Only through collective, decisive and timely action will we be able to win the fight against climate change, and improve air quality in our towns and cities.”

To access the first edition of this year’s Mobility Monitor, which focuses on EVs and Sustainability, click here.

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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.