The UK’s biggest ever survey of ‘cleantech enthusiasts’ has found that around nine out of ten plug-in car drivers would never go back to petrol or diesel.
YouTube channel Fully Charged received more than 7,700 responses to its audience survey, and its host, Robert Llewellyn, commented: “Having experienced how impressive electric cars are, we were not surprised to see so many drivers saying they won’t go back to the combustion engine. But it might shock those who have yet to switch. Perhaps more surprising was how many of our audience who are yet to buy an EV intend to do so in the next two years.”
According to the survey, 57% of those who do not yet own an electric vehicle intend to acquire one by the end of 2020, with three quarters planning to purchase a pure Battery Electric Vehicle, as opposed to a Plug-in Hybrid.
Furthermore, it emerged that the main issue that has held consumers back from buying an EV to date has not been the lack of available options, nor even a lack of charging infrastructure, but the perceived cost of new (33%) and used (14.9%) electric vehicles – even though, due to their lower running costs, they are becoming increasingly competitive in total cost of ownership terms.
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