The results of a recent AA survey were released recently and show the pace of change towards EV driving over the coming years will be quite dramatic, many are looking to switch to electric sooner than some may think.
41% of AA members own diesel cars but when asked if their next car will be diesel this drops 60% to just 16%. Overall a third of all AA members surveyed aim to switch from diesel and petrol for their next car purchase, according to a survey of 19,308 drivers.
Despite the overwhelming shift towards Electric Car driving, the AA members surveyed still expressed concerns with regards to some EV driving related issues.
In the quoted AA-Populus poll of 16,629 in July 2017 the percentage identifying different EV-related issues as a concern to them were:
We believe that many of the concerns are the result of ill-informed misconceptions, and the reality for the many people who are already enjoying EV driving is that these concerns genuinely are not issues at all.
EV driving in fact already suits the majority of peoples driving lifestyles, and is cheaper, as well as being greener.
Edmund King OBE, AA president argues that: “Three quarters of drivers will mainly charge at home and the network of charging points is growing by the day.
As the majority of people will charge overnight, using off-peak electricity at home, the time taken to charge should not be an issue and indeed fast chargers, capable of providing an 80% charge in less than half an hour, are becoming more common.
“The purchase price of EVs is falling while the quality and variety of models available; battery durability and range are all improving.”
“The future of cleaner, greener motoring looks bright”
While some people still have anxiety about running out of range, the reality is that there are more than 14,000 public charging points (Zapmap) throughout the UK, with around 300 being added every month and today’s EVs are capable of meeting many people’s weekly, let alone daily mileage, on a single charge, especially as the average UK journey length is less than 10 miles.
In response to the standard concerns raised by this survey, we can assure those wishing to take up greener driving that the reality is much different for the EV driver: