Survey Says: 18% Of Car Buyers In UK Might Go Electric Next Year

DEC 20 2018 BY JAMES FOSSDYKE 13

Study says 18 percent of UK drivers want to buy an electric car next year.

Almost a fifth of Brits want to make the switch to an electric car in 2019 as part of eco-friendly new year’s resolutions, a recent survey has discovered.

A study by the Go Ultra Low campaign, which aims to help motorists understand the implications of electric vehicles, found that 18 percent of the 2,000 people it quizzed wanted to buy an electric car in 2019.

With the average Briton driving 108 miles over the festive period, Go Ultra Low estimates that the nation will notch up a collective 5.6 billion vehicle miles during December. As a result, the organization says switching to zero-emission-capable vehicles, including electric and plug-in hybrid cars, would dramatically improve festive air quality and CO2 emissions.

The results came amid growing concern for the environment in consumers’ lifestyles, with more than a third (35 percent) of respondents worrying about the ecological impact of their Christmas plans and preparations, while a massive 84 percent said they planned to make “more sustainable choices” this Christmas.

Almost three-quarters (72 percent) of those questioned said they were worried about the amount of plastic packaging used over Christmas, while nearly two-thirds were concerned about the increase in household waste.

However, the amount of concern varied between the age groups. Among those aged 18-24, 43 percent said they were worried about their environmental impact, while just 29 percent of over-55s expressed the same concern.

Even so, there seemed to be a widespread desire to make more environmentally friendly lifestyle changes in 2019, with 42 percent pledging to use less plastic, while a third (33 percent) said they wanted to do more recycling.

Buying an electrified vehicle was the fifth most popular new year’s resolution, with buying fewer products in third and not using plastic straws coming in third and fourth after being favored by roughly a quarter of respondents (24 and 23 percent respectively).

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said consumers who make good on their resolution to buy a low-emission vehicle would make “a big impact”.

“Many of us are becoming increasingly worried about our environmental impact, and trying to be sustainable at Christmas can end up causing stress,” she said. “There are lots of simple switches you can make to be greener, but one change that will make a big impact is choosing an electric car. With pure electric and plug-in hybrids able to emit zero tailpipe emissions, as well as low running and maintenance costs, the cars can help you go green not just at Christmas but all year round, and save money too.”

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I’m sure the new Renault Zöe will sell really well. Looks like Renualt is gearing up for more volume production of EVs too.
Looks like the new vehicle will have quite a few features that will make the car an even better choise.
Still small, but a size many people want – and if they can keep if cheap, they will sell well.

With the high fuel prices, it may be a good economical choise to drive a cheap small EV too.

Yep, the new Renaults and the ID Neo, if they can keep production on schedule will likely be extremely popular vehicles in the next couple of years. The likes of the Kona and Nero will certainly help if they can keep production flowing for those looking for something more expensive, while the Model 3 will surely sell reasonably for the high end premium buyers.

Important keyword here : “might”.
When reality strikes, good will is often affected.

There is only one problem –> availability. The “might” is not a problem at all.

Carmakers are in big trouble, a lot of people start to wait before they buy a new car 2-3 years longer than usual, because EVs are coming.

Precisely. EVs are worth the wait, and ICE last longer than they used to. A dangerous combo for new ICE sales.

Yeah ‘might’ is the sitting on the fence answer.
With a hard BREXIT getting more and more likely very few people are spending anything at the moment. The UK retail sector is in freefall.
Might will probably become ‘Not yet’ especially after 29th March.

When I realized I only drive 25 miles each day, I had to give a BEV a try.

I might too but most EV’s that can do 240km on normal highway speeds (110kmh) are not afforable. So we bought a 2013 Ford Focus station to be okay for a few years before being an EV. Can’t charge at home or work.

Been waiting since 2016 for my Model 3 hopefully only another 6 months to wait. Supply of longer range BEV’s is the problem, it might take another 2 years to resolve this issue or might it get worse with future demand?

I could swear that recently I was reading polls that no one in the UK wanted an electric car.

I think it would be more true that people want them in principle – but are concerned about lack of charging infrastructure at the moment. The exception here may be Tesla – but currently you’re talking about a lot of money there.

But 2019 should bring the model 3, other models, and an ever improving infrastructure, so I see a tipping point in a year or maybe two. It has to be said that most people are probably simply not aware of the subject – a “car” just means petrol or diesel, end of story. Again, I expect such to change within the next few years. The trend is only going one way.

I am sure everyone sticks to their New Year resolutions like diet, spend less etc. At least awareness is growing though

I’d hardly equate buying an EV to as dificult-to-maintain a lifestyle change as dieting or cutting out smoking or anything like that. Those generally require strong willpower and ongoing commitment, not to mention sacrifice. OTOH, buying an EV instead of a diesel is a very small change that at worst requires research and a test drive or two.