Will “consider” buying is certainly not the same as actually purchasing, but at least there are signs that Britain is getting more on board to the idea of of possibly owning an electric vehicle in the near future.
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A poll conducted by Censuswide shows that over 40% of Britain’s drivers would consider buying an electric vehicle within the next 5 years if certain limitations to EV can be overcome.
Those limitations or barriers are strictly related to cost and public infrastructure, both of which should be a non-issue in 5 years’ time.
Cost isn’t the main issue, according to the poll. Rather, it’s the lack of a widespread public charging infrastructure that’s holding buyers back.
A full 62% of respondents stated that the lack of charging stations make electric vehicles seem impractical and 72% claim to have never seen a public charger.
The UK is indeed home to some 3,000 public charge points, but half of those surveyed say they have no clue where those chargers are.
This lack of knowledge is alarming and it says to us that educating the general public should still be the number one priority.