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UK drivers still on the fence over electric cars

Drivers are moving to a more environmental consciousness but more needs to be done to convert consciousness into action.

Research carried out by cashless parking provider RingGo found that 76% of the population admit that they are aware of the environmental impacts of driving, but only two-fifths of UK drivers say that they are planning on buying an alternatively fuelled vehicle for their next car.

The survey also indicated that cost is the main barrier when considering an electric car but charging is also a major issue; a third (32%) of drivers who are open to electric cars require a greater availability of charging points to make the switch.

One in five (20%) of those currently not considering an electric car would consider buying one if their range were greater.

Peter O’Driscoll, managing director at RingGo, said: “Overall this research highlights that more needs to be done by businesses, special interest groups and local communities to convert consciousness into action. The pandemic has seen a wave of strong activism and more conversations around sustainability, which has driven the nation to re-evaluate mobility solutions. However, this alone will not drive the widespread change needed to really make an impact on the environment, and this challenge cannot be put on the shoulders of motorists alone.”

He urged businesses and fleet operators to increase drivers’ understanding of EVs and the ever-growing availability of charging points.

“We also need to ensure people know about the financial benefits – the BiK scheme and emissions-based parking are just the start,” he continued. “With this knowledge and mounting incentives, motorists will be able to make informed decisions about their next car or how they take their next journey.”

Written by 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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