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EVs - What's stopping you making the switch?

'Range anxiety' remains the biggest turn-off for switching to an EV.

2y ago
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Better looking cars, longer-lasting battery life, more advanced tech, the list goes on, yet we're still anxious it seems.

One year on from the unveiling of the government’s Road to Zero plan and a new survey by Venson Automotive Solutions reveals that whilst company car drivers are widely switched on to the benefits and implications of electric vehicle ownership, the UK’s charging infrastructure still sparks concern for 69% of motorists.

The findings come as Nissan reports there are now more EV charging stations (9199) in the UK than conventional fuel stations (8396) and the Department for Transport reports that at present, the UK has a network of more than 24,000 public charging connectors in nearly 9,000 locations.

In addition to highlighting a wide misconception that there is a lack of EV charging points across the UK, the Venson survey also reports preconceptions regarding limited battery range which came a close second; 57% of those surveyed reported this was still a barrier when considering an EV. However, according to Go Ultra Low, the range of 100% electric cars is rapidly improving. Huge advances in battery technology and falling costs mean this will continue to grow. Today, virtually all Go Ultra Low pure electric cars can drive over 100 miles with ease on a single charge; some of the latest models are closer to 200 miles or more.

Alison Bell, Marketing Director at Venson Automotive Solutions comments; “With charging and battery range concerns abated, EV fleets should now be far more appealing to businesses. The revised BiK charges which sees zero-emission electric vehicle tax liability for company car drivers fall from 2% to 0% for the tax year 2020-21, will also appeal to company car drivers which should boost demand for EVs in the next 12 months.”

Further good news is that 86% of motorists surveyed said that a ‘lack of clarity in terms of ownership implications as a company car driver’ is a thing of the past, and more than two thirds of drivers said that they had a good understanding of the costs and convenience of owning an EV.

Dealerships are also making it easier for fleet managers to promote a charge towards electric - only 13% of motorists cited lack of ‘try before you buy’ options as an obstacle to purchase and only 5% of people surveyed said they are worried about manufacturer lead times in acquiring an EV. All food for thought for fleet managers.

Alison Bell concludes: “Whilst our survey findings confirm a greater willingness by company car drivers to adapt to an EV world, there are still some ownership concerns. 41% of people we surveyed expressed concern over the practicalities of being able to charge their vehicle at home. And 30% said they had concerns over service, maintenance and repair costs.”

Fleet managers looking to dispel user-chooser EV fears can download the Venson Automotive Solutions ‘Plug-In Vehicle Guide’ for free. Aimed at drivers to widen their knowledge of the cost and convenience of EVs, the Guide answers the key questions that are creating barriers to drivers considering a plug-in car.

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Comments (139)

  • CHARGE TIMES 2 HOURS FOR TESLA MODEL 3 FROM ZERO TO 100%

      2 years ago
    • Thanks for your comment Igor. I'm not sure on model charge times etc but you could very well be right. It's more about being 'stranded' no-where near power that's the concern. It's easy to drain a car battery at the beach, or run out of gas...

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        2 years ago
    • Thats 1 hour and 55 minutes of driving my petrol powered car after 5 minutes of filling it with fuel, while EV drivers sit and have a cup of tea for two hours.

        2 years ago
  • Because they're boring

      2 years ago
  • David I don't agree that EVs are better looking cars than petrol and I really don't think there's many who would agree with that statement..

    that being said the reasons I'm not trying too hard to go for an EV is the costs of repair and maintenance and questions over long term reliability

      2 years ago
    • Hi BruhBron, thanks for your comments. Just to clarify one thing, I actually meant better looking than ever before (not vs Petrol cars) - maybe I should change that. That being said, maintenance is apparently cheaper than ICE as no moving...

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        2 years ago
    • Ah that makes a lot more sense, we've definitely come a long way from the Prius!

      To me the sound is actually a good thing I like the idea of a silent ride although it might be a bit unnerving, still I prefer it to the idea of "simulated sounds"...

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        2 years ago
  • The one thing stopping me is that I'm only 17

      2 years ago
    • Fair point - I fear you will be one of the last generations to own/drive an ICE though

        2 years ago
  • Nothing is, because they have sufficient range, they have plenty of emotion and sound, they are more environmentally friendly (that debate is fake new sponsored by big oil and the car industry), the upfront cost was lower than buying a combustion car. I probably should write an article debunking all of those myths…

      2 years ago
    • Thanks Wenzel. The range is increasing I agree. Not sure I'm with you about the emotion and sound though. Environment issue is debatable and cost is relative. I think the anxiety is still there when you venture outside of your familiar...

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        2 years ago
    • Actually you’re almost always further away from a gas station than you are from an electrical outlet. I’ve never gotten lost or stuck and my car has a measly range of 250km, I just go where I need and want to and it always works out.

        2 years ago
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