60% of UK adults would rent an electric vehicle on holiday to reduce their carbon footprint, reveals poll

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10th February 2021 18:10 - Automotive

60% of UK adults would rent an electric vehicle on holiday to reduce their carbon footprint: A survey of UK adults has found that 60% would rent an electric vehicle whilst on holiday to reduce their carbon footprint.

Further reasons given for renting an EV on holiday included preferring how EV or hybrid cars drive (51%), because it is the 'cheapest option available' (31%), while a quarter (26%) saw it as an opportunity to 'try out' such a vehicle.

The survey also revealed that people aged 35-54 years old were more likely to rent an EV to reduce their carbon footprint than18-34 year-olds (67% vs 60%).

The IET Green Preferences 2020 Survey - Understanding public attitudes to green technology polled 3,337 adults in the UK.

The research also found that the primary reasons for respondents not owning a car is 'cost' or because of 'good public transport links' — not as a way to reduce their carbon footprint

The survey also looked at the reasons for not renting an EV on holiday with 50% of men and 53% of women saying the reason they decided not to rent an EV car was that the car they hired was the only option available. More than a third (35%) of women said they didn't rent an electric car because they rented the cheapest option available (a non EV), compared to 31% of males polled. Men were also more likely to not rent an EV because they prefer how petrol or diesel cars drive (28% vs 17%).



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