Poll – 83% Of Respondents Will Consider Going Electric With Next Vehicle


Millennials are most likely to think about ditching petrol and diesel.

Eight out of 10 people say they would now consider buying an electric car, in what appears to be a paradigm shift in consumer attitudes towards zero-emission vehicles.

A survey of 1,000 people by vehicle history checker HPI found that 83 percent of respondents would consider switching to an electric car when the time comes to change vehicles.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, younger motorists were more inclined to go green, with 91 percent of millennials claiming they would consider an electric vehicle (EV). In comparison, just 32 percent of respondents aged 55-64 said they would think about buying an EV.

This data appears to fly in the face of a recent study reported in the Independent, which claimed that just 35 percent of British car buyers would ‘be happy to buy an electric car’.

However, HPI’s study only looks at those who would ‘consider’ the move, and the survey revealed many consumers’ concerns about ditching petrol and diesel engines.

Almost two-thirds of those quizzed (64 percent) said they would worry about a lack of charging points, while 56 percent said they were concerned about the price of electric cars. Around four in 10 respondents (38 percent) also said they were wary of long charging times.

Six in 10 respondents (61 percent), however, said they thought the car’s batteries would ‘have to be replaced’ within the first two years of ownership.

HPI’s Chris Plumb said this ‘misconception’ could be contributing to buyers’ uncertainty.

‘It’s surprising that most people think batteries needs replacing so early in its life,’ he said. ‘Especially when there is no real evidence for this. In fact, batteries seem to be out-performing the industry’s expectations.

‘It was also interesting to see that 56 percent of people put cost as a barrier to buying an EV, and that half saw range and time to charge as an issue. However, these percentages are encouraging, as this could mean consumers are becoming more accepting of the technologies currently on offer.

‘The fact that millennials are more open to buying electric vehicles also shows that young people are a little more accepting of EVs, and perhaps can see the long-term benefits in the green technology.’

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While the news of this poll is good, it does indicate that common mistrust of new tech is exacerbated by the FUD spread in the general media. As EVangelists we all need to spread the good, and factual, word among our LICE captured brothers and sisters and bring them to feel the electric power!
Can I get an “Ohm-en”?

What is a LICE and why are they taking over the world???

Legacy Internal Combustion Engine

I’m also considering it, but there’s still no acceptable offer especially concerning range, charging time and tow-bar.


But, most likely the Volt can be had with a tow bar.
Also the Mitsu Outlander Hybrid SUV.
But, you’re the .0000001 corner case.

He’s not.

TMX? Pricey though. The Outlander isn’t a terrible choice either.

And FWIW, I think you’re probably closer to the 25% corner case. I’m in a similar corner 😉

How much do you need to tow? It’s not officially supplied or sanctioned by Nissan, but people have added tow-bars to the Gen1 Nissan Leaf. Those people have towed 3,500lb trailers at 55MPH.
The Gen2 Leaf has more driving range, and a stronger motor, so should be even better.
Without a trailer the 2018 Leaf has range of 151 miles, and with the DC fast charger can charge to 80%(120 miles) in 40 minutes.

“Six in 10 respondents (61 percent), however, said they thought the car’s batteries would ‘have to be replaced’ within the first two years of ownership.”

Most likely because of bad experiences with Smartphones and Laptops 😉

Also that’s exactly the kind of misinformation that gets spread by a lot of uneducated, backward, fossil-loving dealers. I’ve heard similar things repeatedly. Several times I’ve ended up having to sell the dealer on the virtues of the cars that they’re supposed to be selling!

So 83% will consider an EV, but 61% think, that the battery would have to be replaced within 2 years?

That’s like people saying they consider a pet, but don’t know that they will have to feed them, too. More surprising, there are, at least 44% of respondents, who are considering an EV, despite the fact that they would have to replace the battery within 2 years? And still there are only 1% of car buyers getting an EV, despite the fact that you really don’t have to.

That poll is highly suspicious.

The only thing stopping me from buying a electric car is being able to afford one. The trouble is there needs to be a used EV for under $5000 with at last 120 miles of range. The current used leafs only have 40 to 70 miles of range for that price.

But I think that there will be a die off in the general car population by at least 30%. If the Cities can change their restrictive zoning to allow 40 story tall buildings in the suburbs and downtown areas. The reasoning is if they build a large amount of new skyscrapers by getting rid of zoning height limits. It will cause a lot of my generation to sell off their money devouring cars which eat 60% of their incomes.

The issue I have with these kind of survey is that it can markedly overstate the good news. Yes, people are more open to buying EVs, and I would never say otherwise. But getting them from considering it to actually buying one represents a set of hurdles: Price, charging infrastructure, range, etc. But it also includes the insanely bad dealers and limited availability. I replaced my 2013 Leaf about three months ago with a 2018 Leaf, and my shopping experience was like a bad SNL bit. The Chevy dealers I spoke with about the Bolt were jaw-droppingly awful, and the Nissan dealer I wound up buying from was almost as clueless because the one salesman they had who knew something about EVs (the one who sold me my 2013) retired early for health reasons.

The whole chain of events, from design and manufacturing decisions, to costs, to dealers, to charging issues, to consumer awareness, has to be dramatically improved, at least here in the US.

Just wait until people start test driving EVs or riding some friends EVs and we will see that % go higher.
I only know a friend that ride on a EV, a Tesla S P100D, and he was amazed whit the car, he has a 3 year old BMW 525d.
I have a 2016 BMW 420d GC and i know that my next car will be a EV, but i am going to wait until 2026 do buy my next car.

This article is interesting, but it’s difficult to put it into context without knowing the exact wording of the poll question.

Q: Would you consider a electric car?
A: Yeah, why not. (considered and dismissed)

I have had my model 3 for 3 weeks now, and let over a dozen people test drive it! Everyone lights up during this experience and I consider it my mission to show people how ICE cars are completely inferior! When people see and drive these cars, than the number of people who are open to these cars will continue to rise.

Polls depend on what questions you ask and whom you ask.
Many say they are “interested” but very few follow through.

Google HPI and you’ll learn this is a UK based firm, so keep in mind this ‘poll’ was of UK drivers. Article should have indicated the surveyed populace. US is closer to 20% per AAA: https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/05/1-in-5-us-drivers-want-electric-vehicle/