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Just 14% of motorists planning to go electric for their next car

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

Just 14 per cent of Brits are considering an electric vehicle as their next car, with price being the biggest turn off.

Of those who would consider buying an electric vehicle, 60 per cent are male and 40 per cent are female, according to research by GoCompare.

When asked what put off them off, price topped the list – with more than half of those questioned saying that electric vehicles are too expensive.

Half said they wouldn’t choose an electric vehicle until there was a better network of charging points, while 45 per cent are concerned about electric cars having limited battery charge.

Despite the findings, electric vehicle sales are on the up.

Data published earlier this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed plug-ins accounted for 17 per cent of all new car sales in June. Sales of battery electric cars jumped 123 per cent year-on-year.

On the insurance front, GoCompare has seen an 84 per cent increase in people quoting for electric vehicles in the past year and says prices have dropped by 13 per cent.

Under current plans, the government wants to ban the sale of new cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel from 2030.

The move is part of Boris Johnson’s ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’, which aims to cut emissions to net zero by 2030.

Ryan Fulthorpe, motoring expert at GoCompare, said the research shows “there’s still some way to go” to change people’s attitudes before the deadline.

“The SMMT figures are a good indication of the direction of travel and the tide is turning, but price, range and charging points are still, rightly so, a big consideration for people,” he said.

“From a car insurance perspective, we have seen an 84 per cent increase in people quoting for electric vehicles and prices have dropped by 13 per cent.

“However, all insurers do price differently so while we are seeing an average decrease in premiums for EVs across the board, it’s important to remember that some insurers will price more competitively than others, so make sure you compare prices from as many insurers as you can when you are switching your insurance.”