The majority of drivers have noticed a decline in air pollution during lockdown and would be willing to purchase an electric vehicle (EV) to help keep it this way, according to a survey carried out Smart Home Charge.
According to the survey, which was conducted on 291 people, 72.5% of respondents said good air quality was ‘very important’ to them with 97% saying they have noticed the positive effect that lockdown has had on local air quality.
68.4% of respondents acknowledged that having too many petrol/diesel vehicles on the road is having the biggest impact on air pollution and consequently 66% said they would be willing to purchase a fully electric car to help keep air pollution levels down.
14.4% said they would be willing to cycle and walk more, 2.1% said they would consider car-sharing, and 3.1% said they would avoid driving into town altogether.
Over 50% of respondents also said they would be more likely to buy a new or used EV in the next year if the government introduced a scrappage scheme for petrol and diesel cars.
Danny Morgan, editor at Smart Home Charge, said: ‘Air quality and noise pollution have always been quite abstract things to discuss.
‘We know we want less pollution, but weâ€™ve never really experienced what it would be like in our towns and cities. Plus, driving is part of the fabric of everyday life, so we donâ€™t always make the connection between the two.
‘However, one positive from the lockdown has meant far fewer cars on the road and, for the first time in a long time, people have experienced the benefits of quieter roads and less pollution from car tailpipes.
‘Clearly, electric cars wonâ€™t solve the congestion problems we have, but the knock-on effect has been people are more willing to consider a fully electric car because their priorities have changed â€“ better air quality and less noise are both something to strive for and EVs can help with that.’
Photo Credit – Pixabay