Electric cars still need to win over UK drivers (BBC News report)
Published: 21 May 2019
The BBC have featured a story based on one of the most comprehensive studies into UK consumers and pure electric vehicles
Read the full article here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48340202
That is the finding of one of the most comprehensive studies into UK consumers and pure electric vehicles.
There has been a renewed focus on the climate and environment recently.
The reluctance of British drivers to embrace cleaner electric technology could be seen as a concern for those who want to move towards a low carbon future at a faster pace.
With the findings from a comprehensive study conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory, it is evident that motorists in Britain are not ready to make the switch to fully electric as their main vehicle.
Motorists who took part in the study were asked to drive three different models in the VW Golf range for four days apiece. The vehicles used were:
- Fully electric (e-Golf)
- Plug-in hybrid (GTE)
- Standard internal combustion engine (GT Edition)
The biggest factors that put motorists off from switching to electric vehicles was range and purchase costs. The study found that 90% of drivers that took part, electric vehicles would need to have a range of 300 miles before they would consider electric.
This reluctance of British drivers to make the switch to electric technology could be seen by those who want to move towards a low carbon future as quickly as possible, as a big concern. However, this need not be the case!
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