MOST drivers say they don’t feel guilty choosing petrol or diesel engines over electric cars – and that the switch would cause an environmental disaster.
A whopping nine in ten UK car drivers who have not yet driven an electric (EV) or hybrid vehicle have admitted they will not make the change.
The results will be revealed later ZenAuto car rental specialist asked 2,000 UK motorists about their driving habits.
The study found that one in six people said “nothing” could make them switch to green engines, despite plans to ban new petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2030.
One in seven said they would not give up their existing cars until Government forces ordered them to.
The initial cost of EV models was revealed to be the main problem for most motorists, with 68% saying that’s why they stick with their current cars.
Nearly half said they need to see number of car charging points in their area increased significantly first.
And more than a third would want a free charging point for their home if they made the switch.
Although few people feel guilty, research also reveals that certain events in the past year affected the attitudes of some drivers.
A shortage of fuel supplies in September 2021, resulting in kilometer-long queues to buy petrol and diesel, makes one in five people eager to switch to electric vehicles sooner.
The COP26 climate summit in November in Glasgow has made a third of motorists more willing to switch to electric vehicles by 2022.
Drivers in Bristol, Belfast and Sheffield are believed to be most likely to be affected to switch to electric cars sooner than planned as a direct result of the fuel crisis.
Tram driver Rosaline Hall, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, says the fuel crisis in September directly influenced her decision to switch to electric vehicles.
The 52-year-old midwife said: “Trams have become more accessible in the last few years.
“It seems like most automakers are now making them so it looks like this is the way forward, especially with climate change becoming a bigger issue.
“I think people are now more conscious of their energy use and where that energy comes from.
“Rising fuel costs and fuel shortages last year certainly influenced my decision to go electric.
“Buying an electric car is more expensivebut now I can get around 200 miles from just £4.”
ZenAuto revealed that it has seen a significant 172% increase in searches for electric car rental deals on its website since the beginning of September.
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A third of motorists also claim their knowledge of EV benefits and features has improved ‘somewhat’ in the last year, while around 1 in 10 feel their knowledge has improved. improved ‘significantly’.
Previous reports have said that 6 out of 10 16–25 year olds feel ‘very’ or ‘extremely worried’ about climate change and this is also being reflected in the means in which they like.
In ZenAuto’s survey, young drivers aged 18-24 were the most willing to switch to electric cars, while those over 65 were the least ready.
ZenAuto’s Vicky Kerridge, said: “It is a time of understandable concern for many UK households in terms of the rising cost of living, which means investing in a new car at this time. may not be a priority.
“We know, besides the financial issue, there are plenty of other concerns that could cause UK motorists to stop trading in their current car for a more eco-friendly one but have There are some major improvements in technology, infrastructure and legislation to make electric cars more than feasible for families in particular.
“The number of public chargers available is growing rapidly, new homes will be required to have EV charging points from 2022, and the range of new car models in the real world is more than the average number of trips. in the UK.
“There are some aspects of owning an EV that may be less of a concern than you think.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8415240/drivers-guilt-electric-car-environment-green/ Most drivers say they do NOT feel guilty not driving an electric car and it would take ‘environmental disaster’ to switch