41% of global car customers want their next car to be electrified
This was the result of a worldwide survey
Electrification. It's slowly marching on and on through the car industry. More and more companies both big and small are offering electric options and many will only be offering electric vehicles by the 2030s or even the mid-2020s. Regular consumers have also become much more environmentally aware in recent years, especially when it comes to how much the world has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, it's not that surprising that in a worldwide survey that was published this year 41% of the world's car customers have said that they want their next car to be electrified.
The survey, which you can read here, is called the EY Mobility Lens Consumer Index and it polled 9,000 people across 13 different countries. These countries included the US, Canada, China, Germany, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand amongst others. Whilst 50% of those polled were still very much in favour of petrol and diesel, the number of people who want a hybrid or battery electric vehicle has jumped up by 11% since the last time data like this was recorded last year. 2% of customers worldwide would also be interested in a hydrogen or hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, whilst 8% aren't sure and need more information about the choices available.
Whilst there is a striking global trend towards the adoption of hybrid and fully electric vehicles, the amount of people who want to buy them varies quite a lot from region to region. In the US and Australia, internal combustion is still king. 66% of Americans who were polled said that they would stick to internal combustion, whilst a whopping 75% of Australians are still going to keep owning petrol or diesel cars. New Zealanders also seem to want to stick to internal combustion (59% of New Zealanders polled chose petrol and diesel) and 65% of Indian customers who were surveyed will carry on with internal combustion for the foreseeable future.
Things are a very different story however in Italy. Surprisingly, 63% of Italians want to switch to a hybrid or battery electric vehicle! South Korea and Singapore are also very keen on EVs, as 51% of South Koreans and 53% of Singaporeans polled said their next car will definitely be electrified in some way. 5% of South Koreans would also consider a hydrogen-powered car, the highest percentage out of any of the regions polled. Perhaps there's a niche but great emerging market out there for hydrogen fuel cell cars like the Toyota Mirai?
What about the UK? Well, blighty is fairly representative of the global average. 50% of Brits polled want to stick to internal combustion, whilst 40% would consider a hybrid or battery electric vehicle, and 9% weren't sure yet. None of the British people polled said that they would consider a hydrogen-powered car. Interestingly, Japan is also very representative of the global average! 50% of Japanese people who were polled said they would stick with internal combustion, 42% said they would choose a hybrid or battery electric vehicle, 1% said they would have a hydrogen-powered car and 7% weren't quite sure about what they wanted yet.
Whilst the results of a survey like this can be up to your own interpretation, I think the message is pretty clear. Nearly half of us globally want to switch to electric vehicles right now in the early 2020s and those not only in charge of the car companies but also those in charge of creating the charging infrastructure required for EVs really need to be taking notice of the data. If they don't, we could end up with a lot of potentially frustrated motorists who would love to switch to an electric vehicle but feel like they either don't have the choices they want or that they can't through a severe lack of public chargers.