UK Survey: Sales Of EVs Should Triple “Quite Soon”

JUL 11 2014 BY MARK KANE 18

According to Public Attitudes to Electric Vehicles survey, 0.3% of respondents in UK own an electric vehicle, but 1% would like to buy one quite soon, which indicates that sales could triple.

Another 4% are interested, but don’t know when they will buy. This could translate to strong long-term growth rather than an EV revolution, especially since the majority of drivers didn’t even really put thought towards buying an EV.

The largest obstacles preventing one from buying an EV remain the same – recharging time, range and price.

Looking more deeply into the report, we found that not all respondents had full driving licenses and those who had (679 from 962) answered slightly different:

Public Attitudes to Electric Vehicles - survey (drivers only)

Public Attitudes to Electric Vehicles – survey (drivers only)

More details in the report: Public Attitudes to Electric Vehicles

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Buy some EVs, ya Chavs. You build them right there is Sunderland, UK. Remember that you are no longer an oil exporting nation . . . you are an oil importer now.

You can buy a small city car for around £9k in the UK.
You can buy a lot of petrol on the difference.

It’s just sick how they can add £15k to the price on a £9k car for the 18,7 kWh batterypack in the e-Up vs. the ICE UP.

The EV without the battery should be cheaper than the ICE since the electric motor is a lot cheaper and there are so many other parts removed. Or at the most marginally more expensive than the ICE.

That would make the kWh cost on the premium cost between the cars about $1370 per kWh.

Are they using gold and platinum instead of Teslas cobolt and carbon?

A leaf would be ideal for my mum, but she is not very adventurous and will drive an ICE Fiesta till they take her license away.

Most people I know that would like an EV have no where to charge it because they live in apartments.

That’s the biggest obstacle to EV adoption in urban areas.

True. I own a plug-in prius & live in a apartment. Daily I have to run 75ft cord and its not a fun to draw cord on a daily basis. EV companies should work with apartment community to get the charging station in the parking lot and link the account to our home electric bill.

Why don’t you get the property owner to install a charger for you? Or install one yourself?

It’s not that hard…

Unless there’s a law stating otherwise, there’s plenty of owners who will refuse to install one or let you install one (even if you pay for it).

When friends have done it it has been no problem, living in both private owned and municipal owned apartments.
I’m sure they would help you when explaining how it works and pointing out the environmental benefits and the added value to the property, but maybe you need to pay it or pay half or so.

If not then it’s easy to put some pressure. Write a letter to the editor, pointing out the environmentally adverse company and give them bad press.

Ask neighbors to call the company and tell them how it’s not okey and how disappointed they are in them.

There are so many people just stating “I live in an apartment, I can’t have an EV because it’s not possible to charge at my parking spot” as a bad excuse. I then often ask them what the property owner told him/her when he/she asked them for permission to add a charger to the parking spot.
The response is most of the time some kind of stuttering “eeeh, I haven’t asked them… I just assumed..”

Hmm, something seems off on this survey. 0.3% of all respondents say they already own an electric car or van. 0% of respondents with a driver’s license say they already own one.

Do 100% of UK EV driver’s not have a license? Colo(u)r me confused.

To David Murphy and sven and others, The city of Palo Alto, California has made it mandatory that all new apartment buildings be equipped with standard wall chargers. This is good news. Now apartment dwellers can charge their Evs in their garage or parking space. But, the thing that will really revolutionize the EV movement is Inductive Charging. It gets rid of all the charger cords andcan be placed virtually everywhere, including your garage or a parking space, or Costco, or your favorite Italian restaurant, your office parking space…… the movie theater and so on. When you park over an inductive charger, your car sends a signal saying either “I’m OK” or “Socket to me” to the charger. What follows is strictly XXX rated. No more fumbling with cords in sub-zero weather. Nonsense !! You will be able to go anywhere and still charge while you eat, get a haircut, shop at the mall, etc. After a day out on the town, you can still go home with a nearly full tank of electrons. Then park over the inductive charger in your garage. No cords. No fuss. No muss. Leave in the morning with a fully charged car. Just about… Read more »

I like your style, jmac, and while we are at it, how about calling our cars Rechargable instead of plug-in?
We all know we are going to get there, don’t we?
Cel phones were not called plug-in phones even if you have to plug them in, non, the were called after their strongest attribute, cell or now, smart phones.
We need to do the same for EV’s and call them Rechargable, not plug-in anymore.
On an EV site in Quebec, called, they stopped calling them ”branchable” and are now calling them Rechargable cars, smart move on their part, let’s hope INSIDEEVS and others follow, sooner rather than later!
Keep on posting, jmac!

Ok driverguy, and thanks for the tip on roullez electrique. I did not know about this website. I will check it out.

Vive les electriques branchables.

Oops…. Bad French Alert !! I should have said: Vive les electriques rechargeables.

My high school French deserted me.

What the…? This topic isn’t even relatet to charging matters, why post your comment here?

Besides that – wireless charging is imho just a little, expansice accessoire to EVs. You have to install something in the ground and in your car – much more costly as just having an electric outlet. Wireless charging is, as far as I know, not cabable to deliver fast charging currents. I think 7,4 kW is the upper end. It has more losses than a simple plug. And finaly: why the heck is it so inconvinient for you to use a plug? Its done in a few seconds.

And btw. – your hope that any place you might go, like your favorite restaurant, will install a costly wireless charger soon is just illusional. If they don’t have a simple outlet yet, they won’t do wireless too.

I don’t get it
0.3% of answers already drive an EV. But 0% of those with a license drive an EV? So only people without licenses drive an EV in this study?

That looks pretty hopeless to me. There is a big difference in answereing an survey and actually geting those numbers in the real world.

In Sweden according to a survey 47% are interested in buying an EV within the next five year. Yet sales now are barely 2%.