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Millions of drivers considering electric cars for their next vehicle

Around 12 million drivers are considering buying an electric car for their next vehicle, according to a new report.

The Britain Under the Bonnet report by Close Brothers Motor Finance found that the number of drivers who are thinking of going electric has risen to two in five (39%) – an increase of more than seven million people when compared to two years ago.

The research shows the increase in interest has been matched by a fall in the level of concern around issues that were previously preventing drivers from making the switch. These include factors such as the initial outlay, charging time and driving range, with huge industry progress being made across all areas of electric vehicle development.

For example, only 24% of drivers were concerned about initial outlay of an electric vehicle now, compared to 47% the year before and 17% were worried about charging time, compared to the previous response of 47%. When it comes to driving range, concern had fallen from 43% to 24%.

Dealers have also noticed the recent surge in interest and have been preparing for the increased demand for electric vehicles.

The findings are supported by the fact that 2018 was a record year for the sale of electric vehicles and the trend seems to be continuing into 2019. At The Car Charging Company, we have had a record start to 2019 in terms of the number of installations of electric vehicle charge points.

As Government-approved installers of electric vehicle chargers, businesses and domestic customers have been taking advantage of our ability to help secure grants towards the cost of electric vehicle charge points, which significantly subsidises the infrastructure costs involved.

Seán Kemple, director of sales at Close Brothers Motor Finance, said: “2019 may be remembered as the year when electric vehicles went mainstream. While sales are still relatively low in real terms, the speed of growth is accelerating, and it looks like we’re months, not years, from the tipping point.

“Consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits of AFVs or an electric vehicle – from environmental protection to lower costs of running a car after the initial outlay – and manufacturers are responding to this demand. The overwhelming number of EVs and AFVs on display at the recent Geneva Motor Show is evidence of this.”

Jeff Longley, of The Car Charging Company, said: “The figures contained within the recent survey by Close Brothers are not surprising; it’s a trend that is being reflected in our workload. We are busier than ever in installing charging point infrastructure as more drivers become switched on to the environmental and cost benefits of electric vehicles as the industry continues to advance at a rapid rate.”

To find out more about the benefits of electric vehicle chargers at your home or business, including quotes and grant information, contact our expert advisors at Mr Electric The Car Charging Company.