81% of the public say electric vehicles (EVs) are too expensive, with the majority of motorists still unaware of government subsidies, according to a new study commissioned by AA and electrifying.com.
The survey, which involved over 15,500 drivers, found that one in three (34%) drivers say an EV would suit their lifestyle right now.
However, the research revealed that work is still needed to educate and reassure drivers ahead of the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, with half of the drivers (49%) admitting to feeling less confident about driving an electric car than a petrol or diesel car.
The research has also revealed that 56% are unwilling to give up their conventionally-powered cars and a similar percentage expressed fears around the reliability of the charging network, the National Grid and even the vehicles themselves.
Edmund King, AA president, said: ‘After more than a century of the combustion engine leading the charge it is not surprising that some drivers are only just catching up with all things electric. We are here to help petrol heads become electric heads. We are delighted to join with Electrifying.com and the government to bust some of these myths.
‘The AA is determined to give power and support to all EV drivers and potential EV drivers. As the number one recovery company for EV drivers with more trained EV-capable Patrols than anyone else, we are here to help. The automotive future is exciting, and we will probably see more change in the next ten years than we have in the last fifty.’
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean commented on these findings: ‘As host of COP26, we want more people to feel empowered to make the switch to an electric vehicle. The release of today’s survey highlights the bumps in the road towards more people choosing an EV, and we know many want support from Government and wider industry to do so.
‘That is why we’re investing up to £2.8bn to drive the switch, creating a world-leading electric vehicle charging network that’s reliable for all and accelerating us towards a zero-emission future.’
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