Survey: Half of young people want electric cars

Latest news

    Charging electric carImage copyright EPA

    Half of young people in the UK would like own an electric car – compared with just a quarter of their parents, a survey suggests.

    The research comes from motoring group the AA, which says myths about electric vehicles are putting off many drivers.

    This matters because cleaning up air pollution and tackling climate change both depend on mass ownership of electric vehicles (EVs).

    Young people seem to be more accepting of the technology than older people.

    But too many still hold needless fears, the AA says.

    It comes as the government has announced a target for 50% of all new vehicle sales to be in the ultra-low emissions category by 2030.

    The opinions were revealed in an AA/Populus poll of 10,293 drivers.

    Perceptions of electric cars

    • 85% of people overall in the survey said that there aren’t enough public charging points for EVs.
    • 76% said EVs can’t go far enough on a single charge.
    • 76% think EVs are too expensive.
    • 67% think EVs take too long to charge.
    • 67% think there isn’t enough choice of models

    What the AA’s survey shows

    There are 16,000 charging points at 5,800 locations and 340 points added monthly. Most drivers will charge their car at home.

    Range is improving all the time. Several models have a 250-mile-plus range. Some 95% of car journeys are under 25 miles.

    Costs are coming down. Grants up to £4,500 are available and EVs are much cheaper to run – at 2p per mile.

    Rapid chargers which could charge an EV to around 80% range in around 30 minutes are on the way – ideal for “filling stations”.

    There are 38 cars eligible for plug-in grants from a Renault Zoe to Jaguar I-PACE and more on the horizon, such as the Tesla Model 3.

    The AA’s president Edmund King said: “The range, charging speed and charging point infrastructure are all on the increase. There needs to be a more concerted effort by us all to sell the benefits of electric vehicles.

    “Drivers will also need to change their fuelling habits with the majority charging their EVs at night (at home) and then at their destinations.

    “Ultimately outstanding, affordable, stylish EVs with a decent range will sell themselves. Massive savings can already be made on running and service costs, as well as the tax benefits.”

    “The younger generation in particular are ready to embrace the electric revolution.”

    Follow Roger on Twitter.

    View the original article:

    In the same category are

    Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder says he no longer wants to play for Germany Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he no longer wants to play international football for Germany.In a lengthy statement, the 29-year-old said treatme...
    Francesco Molinari wins The Open after holding off Tiger Woods, Justin Rose & Rory McIlroy Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship with birdie at 18The 147th Open ChampionshipVenue: Carnoustie, Scotland Dates: 19-22 JulyCoverage: Live acr...
    East Fife 4 Forfar 5 – the comedy result that finally came true (on penalties) Eric Morecambe, who died in 1984, was a supporter - and one-time president - of Luton TownIt was the scoreline that the late, great Eric Morecambe al...
    Teenager’s bridge notes ‘help save six lives’ in Sunderland Image copyright Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Image caption Wearmouth Bridge crosses the River Wear near Sunderland city centre A teenager who attached...
    Carter Page denies FBI claims he was Russian agent Image copyright EPA Image caption Carter Page was put under surveillance in October 2016 One of Donald Trump's ex-foreign policy aides says allega...
    Broadford Primary School has SATs results annulled Image copyright Google Image caption Broadford Primary School, in Romford, east London, is run by Havering Council Test results at an award-winnin...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.