TWO THIRDS OF PEOPLE IN THE UK EXPECT ELECTRIC CARS TO BE REFERRED TO AS CARS BY 2030

An interesting bit of news from the UK regarding the uptake of electric vehicles (EV). New research conducted by Go Ultra Low – a joint government and industry campaign to promote the uptake of EVs – has found that two thirds (69 per cent) of people expect “electric cars” to be referred to simply as “cars” by the year 2030.

The research, which looked at the normalisation process of new technology, found people seeing their family and friends driving them (33 per cent), as well more being visible on the road (49 per cent), as the two main factors driving a change in the way we perceive EVs. This comes as registrations for battery electric vehicles hit a record high in the UK, with a 93.1 per cent increase in year-to-date registrations compared with the same timeframe last year.

When asked what factors would improve the likelihood of purchasing an EV, close to half (45 per cent) of respondents cited improved charging infrastructure. The UK’s growing network currently has more than 25,000 charge point connectors, at over 9,500 locations. A recent government announcement committed £70 million ($AU128 million) worth of investment into the UK’s rapid charge network, increasing the size from 2,100 to over 5,000 chargers.

9 Oct 2019

Original source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Oct 2019)