44% of motorists think they will not be ready to own an electric vehicle by 2035 deadline, reveals survey

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11th September 2020 12:50 - Automotive

44% of motorists think they will not be ready to own an electric vehicle by 2035 deadline: A survey of motorists has found that 44% feel they will not be ready to move over to an electric car by the deadline set by the government of 2035.

The research by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT) polled 2,185 drivers and found that around a quarter (26%) cannot foresee themselves ever owning their own EV in their lifetime. 

Back in February 2020, the government announced that it was bringing forward a ban on the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles by five years, to 2035.

Optimism growing

Just over a third (37%) of the motorists polled, however, said they are 'optimistic' about buying an electric car as early as 2025 - a decade before the ban on diesel and petrol vehicles is due to start. 

Indeed, the SMMT's monthly registrations report shows that the demand for EVs is growing - with sales up 157% year-on-year in 2020.
Asking motorists more about what attracts them to the idea of electric vehicles, two-fifths said the lower running costs (41%), while almost three in 10 (29%) said the reduced environmental impact. 

When asked about the barriers to motorists buying an electric vehicle, respondents listed higher purchase prices (52%), lack of local charging points (44%), and the fear of running out of charge on longer journeys. 

The SMMT said that with the right strategy, the concerns of motorists can be overcome, calling on  the government to commit to looking at incentives to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles.

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