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Less than 1% of UK drivers want a return to petrol cars following the move to EVs

Including an interview with BP Pulse's Tom Callow

5w ago

A study by Zap Map shows that less than 1 percent of UK drivers want a return to petrol or diesel cars following the move to electric vehicles.

The poll of over 2,000 participants, carried out in November 2020 showed that 91 percent of those who voted said “no thanks” to replacing their EVs with a petrol or diesel car. 1 percent said they wanted the return to fossil fuels, and 9 percent said they were not sure.

Here's an infographic I prepared earlier.

Here's an infographic I prepared earlier.

When asked about their level of satisfaction through owning a Plug-in-Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) or Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), respondents have PHEV ownership 84/100 and BEV owners gave their cars 92/100.

Latterly, petrol and diesel owners gave their car a satisfaction score of 72/100.

According to Zap Map, the majority of respondents were first-time EV drivers with 73 percent stating their current vehicle was an EV and 52 percent making the purchase within the next year.

The electric vehicles which received the highest satisfaction scores were the VW ID.3, Kia Niro Plug-in-Hybrid and BMW 3 Series saloon.

Other popular models include the Tesla Model 3, Kia e-Niro, Hyundai KONA electric, Renault Zoe, and Nissan Leaf.

These results come at a point in time where electric vehicle sales are reaching record-breaking numbers. For example, the latest industry figures show that in 2020, 9.7 percent of all new car sales featured a plug which is a huge increase from 3.2 percent in 2019 and 1.1 percent in 2015.

Head of External Affairs at BP Pulse, Tom Callow said: “What is fairly obvious is that people who adopted electric cars first, were people who were particularly interested in the idea to travel without any tailpipe emissions.

“I think it reflects the fact that electric cars aren’t representing a compromise for those who are adopting them and I do suspect that the vast majority of those switching to electric vehicles will have no issues driving them, but also won’t want to go back to an internal combustion engine because they’re saving a lot of money and people are more aware about being more conservative in respect to the environment.”

Why do you think so many people are hesitant to move to EVs?

“I think the concerns most people have with electric cars, mostly fall away when you have one. There’s a testing facility in Milton Keynes where you can try out EVs to see if you like them and it’s amazing to see how fast people’s perceptions change once they actually drive an electric car.

I don’t understand where the concern comes from as most people buy a new car through finance and if that’s true and fuel costs are much lower with EVs, then actually you can sometimes make the cost back up easily just on the basis of how much the car will cost you each month versus the fuel.

The catch about electric cars is that the vast majority of people as the UK’s weekly mileage is about what an EV can do in a week meaning the concern about range anxiety is much less of a worry.

The total cost of ownership with an electric car today, even now, adds up for those who are getting them so they’re no longer a kind of early adopter choice but more democratised and the cost is lower so you see a much broader range of people adopting EVs now."

What about 2030? What will the UK look like then?

"We are not all going to be driving electric cars in 2030 because there will have to be a long tail effect of people adopting it but the majority of us will be driving EVs, I suspect.

I think we have to avoid this notion that everyone must be driving an electric car today because the technology isn’t quite there, the choice isn’t for a lot of people yet but it will come waves as we are still at quite an early stage in the market.

I don’t know how many cars will be on the road in 2030 but it’s safe to say there will be millions. Therefore what’s also clear is that there will also still be millions of petrol and diesel cars still on UK roads. Now you’re going to need somewhere to refuel the petrol and diesel-powered cars as well as the EVs so there will still be blended fuel stations.

I have no doubt we will be ready in 2030 because there’s nothing to suggest that we won’t, because today we have an overcapacity of charging points with about 70% of availability at any one time on a nationwide basis."

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Comments (16)

  • I'm not surprised because for people who don't really care about cars EVs are almost perfect (except when you go on longer journeys)

      1 month ago
  • Hopeful news....

      1 month ago
  • It depends on the context. If I had a Tesla P100D, and someone offered me to trade it for a 911GT3 or even a 911 Turbo then I would gladly give up the tesla and return to Petrol. If it were a model 3 and someone offered me a Nissan Murano or Juke forget it, I'd stay electric even in a model 3. I would give up the model 3 for as little as a base Camaro or Challanger though. As I said it would depend on the context. 🤔

      1 month ago
  • Well not everyone is an enthusiast

      1 month ago
  • Well, that’s only of the ones they’ve asked.

    I’ve certainly not been asked my opinion.

    I must be part of the 1% then

      1 month ago