Two thirds of UK motorists would consider buying a plug-in car

Consumers aspire to own high-tech, low-emission electric vehicles but what does that mean for Independents?

Two thirds of UK motorists would consider buying a plug-in car
Running costs are a top consideration for all car buyers, with the majority considering a plug-in vehicle.

New research released by joint industry/government funded Go Ultra Low has found that 67 per cent of drivers would consider a plug-in vehicle as their next car.

With Ultra low emission motoring possible from just 2p-per-mile, three quarters of motorists said running costs were the biggest consideration in buying a new car.

Hetal Shah, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “The huge variety of electric vehicles now on the market is changing motorists’ concept of desirability, with the majority of consumers surveyed aspiring to the new breed of quiet, refined, technology-packed plug-in vehicles.

“We’re confident that this year alone we’ll see thousands more motorists up and down Britain plugging-in to this growing trend.”

The study follows a four fold increase in registrations of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV), prompting predictions that independents will need to consider specialist training to meet consumer demands.

GW reader, Tony from ADH Automotive recently commented: “I am certain that over the next few years these vehicles will start to trickle into the smaller independent workshops and we need to be ready for them.”

Let us know if you’re considering further training in electric and plug-in vehicle technology or share your experiences if you already have, how has it added value to your business? Tweet us @GarageWireUK.

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