70% of car buyers now considering purchasing an EV

70% of car buyers are now considering purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) for their next car, according to a survey conducted by Shell Energy Retail. 

In light of the government’s announcement to ban the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles by 2035, Shell conducted a survey on over 1,000 people in the UK in order to understand attitudes towards this shift. 

According to the survey, 80% of recipients said that their desire to do more for the planet made EVs more appealing. 

75% of people said that EVs are more attractive because they are quiet, 55% said they are likely to purchase one because petrol and diesel vehicles will be phased out soon, and 50% agreed that it sets a good example to children. 

However, the survey revealed that cost is the main barrier, with 80% agreeing that electric cars are currently too expensive. 

38% of recipients also expressed concern on how to charge an EV, with 59% worried that it will take too long to charge.

In response to this survey, Shell has offered a smart-charger that can be installed at home for £299, the charger will use 100% renewable energy. 

Shell has also stated that they will provide new EV drivers with access to a number of Shell Recharge points, some of which have new 150kW charge points that can charge an electric car to 80% in 10 minutes. 

Colin Crooks, CEO of Shell Energy Retail said: ‘We support the need for the UK to move faster to meet climate targets and our research shows that there is also public support for the earlier ban on traditional car sales.

‘It shows a big shift in the level of consideration for an EV as a next car but there is a lack of understanding, particularly around how they are charged and potential impact on energy bills.

‘We want to help this transition by making it easier for customers to choose an EV, with confidence in their ability to charge both at home and on the go.’

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My sister was considering an EV after she’s seen me raving about mine for the past few months. She enquired about the electric Mini only to find out it does around 100 miles of range which is effectively useless outside of exclusive use around a city like London. She ended up just buying an ICE mini. She absolutely would have bought one if the range was more accpetable (i.e 220+ miles at least). Even at that range it would still be a difficult sell compared to a Tesla due to the lack of a general-use equivelant charging network. People want… Read more »

Richard Durie
Richard Durie

The Renault Zoe is capable of 245 miles and is the same size as a Mini and just as appealing. The Zoe’s chameleon charger means it can be charged anywhere.

People just need to be a little more open-minded


The new Peugeot e208 and VW ID3 should fit the bill then. Or the new Renault Zoe as mentioned already. I actually think the electric Mini is a bit pricey for what it is. And don’t be too put off by the higher cost to buy. You will save about 75-80% of what you are paying per mile for petrol by using electricity instead. Plus less servicing, fewer parts to break, lower (Or zero) road tax, no congestion charge, cheaper parking etc etc.

Jamie Elkington
Jamie Elkington

Are you sure about the range? Nobody is going to buy a car that can only do 100 miles. Maybe it can be charged up a couple more times to increase the distance?