Misconceptions of electric vehicles (EVs) are stopping UK motorists from making the switch, according to a new study.
Research conducted by Select Car Leasing across a sample of 1,200 UK motorists, concluded that many people aren’t considering electric vehicles due to misconceptions that “simply aren’t true”.
Almost 47 per cent of those who were unlikely to consider an electric vehicle stated that “charging stations are still a little hard to find”.
However, the charging infrastructure has been built up across the world and it is now predicted that there could be as many as 14 million charging stations globally by 2030.
In the UK, the number of charge points has almost tripled between 2013 and 2017.
Two in five people stated that a main limitation of electric vehicles was that “the slow recharge time meant that they weren’t suitable for long journeys”.
In 2011 the median range for electric cars was 73 miles, by 2017 this had increased to 114 miles, but with some vehicles being able to do as much as 335 miles.
Two in five people who wouldn’t consider an electric car stated that the limited choice of make and model were a factor.
Two-in-five people stated that they feel that electric vehicles are too expensive to buy. While the purchase price of electric vehicles still tends to be more expensive than their traditional fuel counterpart, there are other factors that bring the overall cost down.
Almost one in five saw the battery performance in hot and cold weather as a limitation.
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