The environmental impact of motoring ranks low on the list of drivers’ concerns in 2016: only 7% say this is one of their top four concerns. It comes as no surprise that there has been little change in the percentage of motorists who would consider a more environmentally friendly vehicle when thinking about their next car purchase.
14% of drivers intend to opt for a conventional hybrid car
More than half (51%) say they expect their next car to be petrol-fuelled (53% in 2015), while 28% will opt for a diesel (the same as in 2015). Only one in seven (14%) intend to opt for a conventional hybrid car, the same proportion as in 2015, while there has only been a very slight increase in the number of motorists who plan to buy a plug-in hybrid or extended-range electric vehicle (from 4% to 5%) and in the percentage who will opt for a pure electric battery-powered car (from 1% to 2%).
Driver attitudes to fuel types
51% of motorists say they expect their next car to be petrol-fuelled
28% of drivers say they will opt for a diesel when they buy their next car
5% plan to buy a plug-in hybrid or extended-range electric vehicle
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that in 2015, sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs), which include hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars, rose by almost a third (32%)24.