EVS FAVOURED FOR CHEAPER RUNNING COSTS
by Content Team |
posted 16 December 2021
Cheaper running costs rather than benefits to the environment topped the list of reasons for motorists considering an electric vehicle over the past two years, according to new research.
Autovia's comprehensive 'Driver Power Shopper' study, drawn from the opinions and behaviour of up to 60,000 participants a year, gets under the skin of why drivers chose the cars they bought over the past two years.
Despite environmental benefits being typically touted by the government as the best reason to go electric, Autovia's Driver Power Shopper research confirms that running costs are ranked as the top reason to buy an EV by most people.
But economic considerations also top the reasons for holding back on buying an EV, with 'too expensive to buy' cited by most car buyers who bought a different type of car over the past two years. However, 'range anxiety remains a tough challenge for the industry. Although purchase cost was a factor mentioned by more people who didn't choose an EV than any other issue, 'distance/range limitations' was listed as the biggest worry overall.
And in a sign that diehard internal combustion engine fans may be especially hard to convert, 25% of people admit that they still have an "emotional attachment" to petrol and diesel engines. The research also underlines the need to maximise publicity around the rapid growth in Britain's charging point network because 17% of people who chose not to go electric for their current car cited too few charge points as their main reason.
Only this week Driver Power revealed Britain's best EV charging point networks, as rated by thousands of drivers. Autovia's flagship title Auto Express concluded from the research that "some of the biggest and more well-known charging networks will be disappointed to see that their operations need work". Auto Express also noted that the primary provider of universally-available charge points was ranked last by users among a total of nine networks.