Charge anxiety

Not everyone wants an electric car like this, but the reason isn’t its odd looks …

It’s because of the UK’s chronic dearth of charging points which leads to more than a half of all drivers refusing to buy an electric car.

That’s the result of a survey by InsuretheGap. It shows that 73% of drivers say owning an electric car is not feasible as charging points are too scarce.

That figure rises to a whacking 80% for those aged over 55.

The top 10 factors that would make a driver buy an electric car include trusting the technology, saving money, convenient and quick charging and being able to travel a long distance on a single charge.

A fifth (21%) of drivers say their mileage is too high to make an electric car practical (men 23%, women 19%).

The survey finds the top 10 factors that would persuade drivers to buy an electric car are:


1 Quick and convenient charging: 66% of drivers want to be able to charge their car at home quickly, and 39% also want a battery that can be charged in less than 10 minutes.

2 Saving money: 56% want an electric car with lower running and maintenance costs, which decreases taxes or not add significantly to an electricity bill.

3 To be able to travel at least 200 miles on a single charge (48%).

4 The battery to last for at least a few years (43%).

5 A Government grant towards the purchase of an electric vehicle. Some low emission vehicles are eligible for a Government grant of up to 35% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £3,000 (39%).

6 To trust the technology (34%).

7 A driving performance as good as a traditional car (31%).

8 To know that they are contributing to helping the environment (24%).

9 To know that the car will hold its value (24%).

10 To know that the car’s electric battery is recyclable (20%).

InsuretheGap boss Ben Wooltorton said: “Sales of electric vehicles more than doubled last year which shows that car buyers are starting to see them as a real alternative to petrol and diesel.

“As the infrastructure to support EVs improves and prices become more competitive, this trend can only continue.

“There’s no doubt that take-up is dependent on the physical infrastructure being in place to support EVs.”

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