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Study by Select Car Leasing found there were still plenty of issues before EVs are widely accepted

MOVING to electric cars is some way off it seems.

Although November new car sales saw a near 25% increase in demand for Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) it appears UK plc is still unconvinced.

According to Reading-based broker Select Car Leasing, 60% of motorists are still unlikely to consider an electric car for their next vehicle.

According to a study run by Select, it found the greatest limitations to EV adoption were:

  • There are too few charging stations – almost 47% of those who were unlikely to consider an electric vehicle stated that ‘charging stations are still a little hard to find’.
  • Electric vehicles aren’t good for long journeys – 2 in 5 people stated that a main limitation of electric vehicles was that ‘the slow recharge time meant that they weren’t suitable for long journeys.’
  • There isn’t enough choice – 1 in 5 people who wouldn’t consider an electric car stated that the limited choice of make and model were a limitation.
  • Electric cars are too expensive – 2 in 5 people stated that they feel that electric vehicles are too expensive to buy.
  • Electric cars aren’t as reliable and have worse performance – 27% of people who were resistant to considering an electric car said that the lack of garages that can service or repair electric vehicles was a factor.

Yesterday’s BVRLA conference (December 06, 2018) highlighted the issue in its report for 2019, calling it ‘The long road to zero’.

BVRLA said that fleet industry opinion was united on seeing a future dominated by electric powertrains. The big questions, however, was not ‘if’ we get there, but ‘how’ and ‘when’.


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