Almost a third of motorcyclists would quit riding if electric-powered motorbikes replace petrol, reveals survey

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7th July 2021 15:55 - Automotive

Almost a third of motorcyclists would quit riding if electric-powered motorbikes replace petrol: A survey by the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has found that almost a third (31%) of motorbike enthusiasts polled said they would stop riding if they couldn’t purchase a petrol motorbike, with just 8% saying they would accept the changes of a full ban on petrol-powered motorbikes.

The survey polled 4,805 respondents, seeking to uncover their opinion on the proposed plans to ban petrol-powered motorbikes. It comes after the government's proposed plans to ensure all cars being sold are electric by 2030, with no mention of low carbon dioxide-emitting motorbikes.

More than half (56%) said they would like to keep their petrol motorbike on the road for as long as they can, whilst on the other hand, 13% of respondents said they would make the switch to electric before it was necessary. More than eight in 10 participants (83%) said they wanted groups to come together to challenge the proposed ban.

The statistics are expected to change, however, with the cost of an electric motorbike being a main factor in the desire for keep petrol-power going. Manufacturers are also feeling the effects of this dilemma. They would need to put significant funding into making electric bikes, with the knowledge that a third of their market would not be behind the idea. Many people believe that as the technology for electric cars improves, creating cheaper and better electric motorbikes will sway the opinions of the community.

The chair of the Motorcycle Action Group said: ‘I was delighted by the level of response to the survey and I would like to thank all those that took the time to let us know their opinions. We have worked hard to develop the channels that get riders opinions heard by Government. We will not misrepresent those opinions.’

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