Will Brits be making the switch to electric for their next car?

Will Brits be making the switch to electric for their next car?
In recent years, there has been a growing number of car owners who are making the switch from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to an electric alternative – but will this continue?

The road to electric has been building momentum, and with the motoring industry across the world being impacted by many global factors – many are now joining the electric revolution.

With the rising cost of living impacting households across Britain, a survey from Novuna Vehicle Solutions has revealed that many are looking at making their next car an electric vehicle (EV).

According to the survey of more than 2,000 motorists of all types of vehicles, 85% of EV drivers stated that they would make their home charger available to the public if they could charge fellow motorists to use it.

The survey also revealed that 27% of motorists are considering fitting solar panels or heat pumps to reduce reliance on the National Grid as a result of the current energy crisis and record high inflation. This year has also seen record fuel prices across the country – adding to the motivation to switch to an EV.

Further results from the survey found that 35% drivers of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles are “extremely” concerned about the current cost of petrol and diesel.

As a result, 50% of ICE car owners are now more likely to switch to an EV.

And for those who have already bought an EV to replace their old petrol or diesel car, 91% of them stated that they still feel “smug” about not needing petrol or diesel when charging up – due to the current situation with the price of fuel.

What are the benefits of switching to an EV?

As we head towards the 2030 deadline, EVs are constantly growing in popularity. Ever since the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars was moved forward, people across the country have been considering making the switch. But what are the advantages to owning an EV?

One of the main challenges facing the industry was the lack of public chargepoints – however, the government recently announced a £100m fund to tackle this.

The government also provides grants to new EV owners, among other benefits.

EV owners will also not have to pay car tax, or for when they drive through emission zones across the country – such as ULEZ.

Also – EVs are better for the environment.

This guide looks into all the positives of owning an electric vehicle.

Jon Lawes, Managing Director, Novuna Vehicle Solutions said: “The rising cost-of-living means households are considering all sorts of cost-cutting options ahead of what is quickly shaping up to be a winter of discontent. EV drivers who have previous benefitted from favourable home charging tariffs might now be looking to monetise their charger, to help with spiralling costs.

“It’s also encouraging to see that half of UK motorists are on board with the benefits of EVs, and now say they are likely to get one for their next car. Although the upfront cost of an EV might look more expensive in some cases, the long-term running costs will almost always be lower than for a petrol or diesel car, even accounting for soaring energy prices.”

Have you joined the electric revolution? Was it the correct decision? If you haven’t made the switch – are you considering it? Leave your comment below.

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