In a bid to reduce carbon emissions and the impact they have on the planet, several developed countries have announced plans to phase out internal combustion engine (“ICE”) automobiles in favor of electric vehicles (“EVs”) during the next decade or so. The UK has what is perhaps the most ambitious plan of all: to ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2030 to help electrify roads across Britain. This would require automakers to stop selling new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, allowing the sale of hybrid cars and vans that produce minimal emissions from their tailpipe.
However, according to a new study, the UK still has a long way to go before widespread EV adoption is a reality. Despite the impending ban on internal combustion engine-powered vehicles, only 8%, or fewer than one in eight, UK drivers see themselves driving a fully electric EV. The new study from Kwik Fit surveyed 2,003 UK adults and found that charging proved to be a barrier for a majority of them. An estimated 37% of the respondents said they were held back by a lack of fast charging ports where they regularly drive while another 30% could not switch to EVs as they would be unable to charge at home.
Another major reason that prevented UK drivers from going fully electric is the restrictions they would have on the range, with over a third of the respondents saying this was a deal-breaker. Another third, or 33%, were put off by the initial purchase price of EVs, which admittedly can be quite high for most average consumers. This is despite the fact that EVs are known to be cheaper to run and maintain in the long run, with drivers recouping the costs within eight to nine years and enjoying savings on fuel and maintenance over the vehicle’s lifetime. Overall, the study found that costs and “potential for hassle” prevented over a quarter of UK drivers from switching over to EVs.
Additionally, 26% of those surveyed were worried that the batteries would not last long and would need replacing, 18% simply preferred internal combustion engines to an electric powertrain, 17% wanted to know more people who had experience with EVs before committing, 10% did not believe electric vehicles were environmentally friendly while 9% said there were no electric vehicles that could cater to their power needs.
Electric vehicle manufacturers everywhere would certainly cherish an environment in which all consumers feel positive towards EVs. One company that would relish such an environment is ev Transportation Services Inc., a Boston-based developer and manufacturer of lightweight, fully-electric commercial vehicles.
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