Consumers are switching to electric and not looking back
by Helen Jackson |
posted 08 January 2019
“Only 5% of Electric Vehicle drivers would ever go back to a conventional car” says the audience of a YouTube channel, in the most comprehensive Clean Energy & Electric Vehicle survey ever conducted.
The UK’s largest ever survey of Electric Vehicle drivers and Cleantech enthusiasts (7,723 respondents) has found overwhelmingly, that around nine out of ten plug-in car drivers would never go back to petrol or diesel.
After 8 years and 380 episodes, Robert Llewellyn's Fully Charged - the World’s No.1 Clean Energy & Electric Vehicle channel - has received more than 7,700 responses to its first audience survey. The 50-question study illuminated consumer attitudes toward the array of technologies that are set to dominate the next decade.
Fully Charged’s host, Robert Llewellyn (Channel 4's Scrapheap Challenge, BBC's Red Dwarf), commented: “I have been banging on about Electric Cars, Solar Panels and Batteries for the best part of 10 years, so it’s incredibly gratifying to see the excitement that our viewers have for all things cleantech. Having experienced how impressive electric cars are, we were not surprised to see so many other drivers saying that they won’t go back to the combustion engine.”
While the Fully Charged audience typically has a high proportion of ‘early-adopters’ with an almost equal interest in EVs (88.67%) and Clean Energy/Renewables (88.61%), the survey shows that they are more interested in new technology itself than the problems those technologies might mitigate against, such as Air Pollution (39.83%) and Climate Change (44.39%).
Attitudes to home energy reveal that of those considering a new energy supplier, 68.91% intend to switch to a ‘green energy’ supplier and 83.74% are interested in ‘new energy technologies’ not least Solar PV, Batteries, Smart Controls, Heat Pumps and Vehicle-to-Grid.
"We've always maintained that simply because they are better technologies, Electric Vehicles and Renewables will become mainstream,” said Robert. “And this is borne out by our survey.” In addition to its fast-growing global audience on YouTube, Fully Charged is also bringing its Fully Charged LIVE show back to Silverstone on 7th, 8th and 9th June.