A bulletin published by the DfT suggests that interest in electric vehicles is, at best, luke warm.
The bulletin, ‘Public attitudes towards electric vehicles’, summarises the results of a survey from the Office for National Statistics which included questions about electric vehicles.
Just 5% of those surveyed said that they were thinking about buying an electric car or van. 14% said that they had thought about buying one and decided not to, while 56% said that they had not considered buying one. 18% of respondents said they don’t drive or don’t need a car.
Of those respondents with a full driving licence, the percentage who said they had not thought about buying an electric vehicle rose to 69%. 18% of these respondents said they had thought about buying one but decided not to, while just 6% said that they were thinking about buying one.
In terms of the most important factors putting them off buying an electric car, 40% said ‘recharging’, 39% said the distance travelled on a battery, 33% said cost and 16% said ‘lack of knowledge’.
Respondents said that that the most important factors that would encourage them to buy an electric car were lower cost (37%) followed by ‘nothing’ (23%). Other factors included increasing the distance travelled on charge (20%) and increasing the convenience of recharging (16%).
In a wider question about the most important factors when buying a car (with more than one answer allowed), 85% said cost, 78% said reliability, 66% said safety and 53% said comfort.