Plug-In Cars Available In UK
In late June, during the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership conference in the UK, Edmund King, the UK Automobile Association president, presented his thoughts on why he believes millions of second cars in households could be electric.
According to King,
- 74% of AA members park their cars overnight off the road and on their own land (58% on the driveway, 16% in the garage) where, potentially, they could be charged overnight.
- 50% of 18,688 respondents in AA Populus survey in April have access to two or more cars, 12% of them drive the ‘second’ car.
- Second cars are more likely to have access to charging, 79% v 74% overall.
- Second cars are less likely to be used for long journeys: never drive between 100 and 200 miles a trip – 25% v 15% overall, never drive 200+ miles a trip – 38% v 25% overall.
King says that second cars differ from first cars in the following ways:
- Slightly lower range expectation from an electric vehicle – 105 miles per charge v 109 overall.
- Slightly lower expectations of reliability and safety.
- Slightly less concerned about charging time.
- Less likely to be concerned by the cost of battery replacement.
- Less likely to be concerned by possibility of increased taxation.