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Majority of UK car buyers expect to go electric soon

British motorists ready to choose EV next time

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The take-up of electric cars in Europe and the UK continues to steam ahead, now comes a new survey that found more than half of British motorists expect to buy an EV in the next five years.

The poll of 1,000 car owners was conducted by a new EV publication – Total EV.

The survey revealed:

  • 51% of British motorists expect to buy an electric car within five years
  • Change is being driven by men – 60% of male drivers expecting to drive an EV within five years compared to 42% of women
  • 45% of motorists cite rising fuel prices as the reason for change while only 36% are driven by environmental concerns

Why wouldn’t car buyers go electric?

The survey showed the cost of vehicles (27%) was the top impediment.

While a lack of charging infrastructure (22%), driving range (20%) and lack of knowledge (21%) were all reasons why people wouldn’t, or couldn’t go to an EV.

Total EV founder, Daniel Green, says the results show the change is on.

“The world is moving away from petrol and diesel.

“The public wants it, the Government wants it, and the environment needs it.”

Related: Mazda’s big commitment to electric vehicles

Are you ready to buy an EV? If not, why not? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Simon’s interest in cars stems from hours in a misspent youth playing racing computer games.

His love of being at the wheel and of tech has translated into the real world as a member of our road test team providing an everyday-man perspective on the affordable range of vehicles.

When he’s not being a geek, Simon also has a hand in our product reviews, video production and is a regular contributor on the podcast.

He lives in Sydney with his wife and newborn son.

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