EV Interest Rises
by Becky Harrison |
posted 19 March 2021
Fresh evidence has emerged of the rapidly growing appeal of electric vehicles for drivers, with most motorists now saying they will consider one 'in the near future'. That is according to research by BuyaCar, which is tracking the attitude of motorists to electric vehicle adoption.
It's the first time the majority of car buyers have signalled that their switch to an EV is imminent. Typically, previous surveys of car buying intentions have revealed a slowly growing acceptance of the idea of going all electric, but this is the first time most motorists have said that they are likely to switch soon.
Of the 422 motorists asked in the survey what type of car they are considering next, 51% said they will consider an EV 'in the near future'. Fewer than one in three drivers said that they were not interested in buying an electric car imminently, while the remaining 18.7% said that they have not yet started thinking about it.
Analysts say that searches reveal consistently growing interest in abandoning the internal combustion engine and even hybrid cars in favour of electric vehicles. Interest was boosted dramatically in the wake of Boris Johnson's announcement last year that new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars would be banned from 2030, which led to a spike in used EVs being ordered.
But, although sales have settled back to a distant 4th place in fuel type choices, analysts point out that the active inclusion of electric vehicles in car buyers' research today demonstrates that actively considering an EV has become a mainstream activity for more consumers than ever before.