69% of UK motorists put off electric cars due to fears over charging points, reveals survey

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28th August 2019 16:27 - Automotive

69% of UK motorists put off electric cars due to fears over charging points: A survey has revealed that the number one reason motorists in the UK are turned off electric vehicles (EVs) is because they fear the infrastructure to recharge their vehicle is not yet where it should be. 

Other concerns highlighted in the Venson poll were around battery life - with 57% questioning their likelihood of buying an EV because of perceived limitations in this area, when in fact, according to the Department of Transport, many EVs can now travel a distance of around 200 miles before needing to be recharged. In terms of charging points, there are now more than 24,000 charging connectors across the UK, at nearly 9,000 places. 

Other areas of concern highlighted by the survey were around how easy it would be to charge a vehicle at home, with 41% saying it was a concern, while 30% had reservations when it came to servicing the EV as well as how much it would be for maintenance and repair costs. 

The survey also revealed some positive findings around motorists’ understanding of this new generation of vehicles, which will come to replace petrol and diesel models - expected to cease being available to buy by 2040. The research also found that the majority (86%) of drivers were no longer confused about the ownership implications when it comes to driving a company car. More than two-thirds said when it comes to EVs they now believe they are aware of the benefits when it comes to convenience and costs. Just 13% said that not being able to try the vehicle before they bought it was a barrier towards a sale. Just one in twenty (5%) said they had concerns over high lead times at the manufacturing stage.

Alison Bell, marketing director at Venson Automotive Solutions said: ‘With charging and battery range concerns abated, EV fleets should now be far more appealing to businesses.

"The revised BiK charges which sees zero-emission electric vehicle tax liability for company car drivers fall from 2% to 0% for the tax year 2020-21, will also appeal to company car drivers which should boost demand for EVs in the next 12 months."

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