More than half of UK drivers are now considering buying an electric or hybrid vehicle as their next car.
Vehicle purchase platform Which car? Surveyed 12,029 buyers in the market, almost 60 percent said they are considering buying an electric car as their next vehicle.
The results come after the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that registrations for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles were up 157 percent and 67.7 percent year over year.
According to the study, the majority of future electric vehicle purchases will depend on the government continuing the current plug-in-car grant (PiCG).
Since 2011, the government has subsidized the cost of electric vehicles. 53.55 percent of buyers claim the current grant will directly affect their decision to drive electric. The current grant is up to 35 percent of the purchase price of the vehicle with a maximum available grant of £ 3,000.
Despite falling prices for electric vehicles in recent years, 27 percent of respondents said What Car? These costs remain a barrier to owning electric and plug-in hybrids. 74 percent of buyers in the market would like additional subsidies for electric vehicles.
Electric vehicle infrastructure was also an issue for 30 percent of buyers, while 26 percent felt that electric vehicles still didn’t offer enough range to meet their driving needs.
Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? Said, “With a potential ban on motor car sales in 2030, it is great that the majority of car buyers are already moving towards electrified vehicles.
However, our recent research shows that the government continues to need support for electric vehicles. Despite increasing registrations and an increasing number of new models, the purchase price remains a problem for more than a quarter of all buyers.
“The government supported the technology in its early days. Growing registrations are testament to the success of automakers making attractive vehicles. However, it is clear that the sector still needs help to continue this growth in the current market.”