Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Would you go electric?

A new study shows that people would be more willing to ‘go electric’ if there was easier access to charging posts and a better understanding of the cars themselves.  

Increased access to more electric vehicles charging posts could hold the key to greater Electric Vehicle (EV) sales if the results from a recent survey are to be believed.

The study, conducted by charging point provider Elektromotive, claims that nearly two-thirds of UK drivers (65%) would be tempted to fork out for an electric vehicle if more recharge points were made available at places like car parks and roadsides.

The fear of being stranded with a juiced-out EV is at the heart of motorists’ decisions the study claims.
The development of electric vehicles has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, but many consumers are understandably concerned that if they buy a new EV they might not be able to easily charge it when away from home or the workplace.

It’s clear that much more needs to be done to create the charging infrastructures that are essential to underpin mainstream acceptance of EVs.


Despite a £5,000 discount off the price of an EV, courtesy of the British Government, only 534 applications were made in the first quarter of 2011.

While 7.8% of the 1,417 respondents insisted that more charging points wouldn’t be enough to persuade them to switch to EVs, it seems a quarter of the market could be swayed, ticking the fence-sitting ‘undecided’ box.

We are finding there are still huge misconceptions and confusion about electric vehicles, not just from the public but, surprisingly, from within the motor industry too. 

People are unsure how EV batteries charge, the physics and science of amps and volts, the range, running costs and the types of chargers available and their capabilities.

Around 200 Elektrobays can be found around London with another 400 located around the rest of the UK.

So what do you think? Will you ever sell your current vehicle and go electric?

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