Britain’s best electric and plug-in hybrid cars named in first-ever What Car? Electric Car Awards, in association with myenergi. The awards were launched following a surge in interest in electric cars online and during lockdown. As restrictions eased in early July, 26% of What Car?’s audience said they were more inclined to buy an EV or PHEV as a result of the changed environment they were living in, while interest in the stories outlining the best electric and plug-in hybrid cars on sale today surged, out performing other areas of the website.
We are certainly not surprised with the surge of interest in online activity for electric cars. We at e-zoomed have experienced a steady and robust increase in interest from consumers keen on electric driving. It is also clear that the consumers have an interest beyond research and the intent to buy a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is very real and immediate. A glance at the latest data from the SMMT makes it amply evident. While petrol and diesel internal combustion engine (ICE) new car registrations are down 46.5% and 60.9% respectively, pure electric cars have increased an astounding 174.6%. Consumers are seeking mobility solutions that are cleaner for our environment. The What Car? list of electric cars is certainly interesting. However, we would encourage buying an all-electric car (BEV) instead of a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV). We would also encourage acquiring a smaller vehicle than a larger vehicle. In general, smaller vehicles have a smaller environmental footprint.
A survey of 2,025 UK drivers conducted by Auto Trader, reveals that 70% of UK motorists would be interested in leasing an electric vehicle for a two to three year prolonged test-drive, getting to grips with the features and technology before committing to buying one outright. Although 73% of respondents said they would consider purchasing an electric vehicle within the next four years, 40% of these admit they still have reservations about the capabilities of buying an EV.
Outright ownership of cars is a ‘purchase model’ of the past. In the UK, and many other parts of the world, vehicles are acquired via a lease. A lease offers many advantages when buying a new car, and given the manner in which EV technology is fast evolving, a lease is very well suited. A lease is perfect for an individual or family that is keen to use a car for a few years and then upgrade to the latest available model. In the world of zero tailpipe emission electric cars, we can expect significant increase in EV battery range and performance. We can also expect to see a continued decrease in price, as OEMs aim to make EVs more affordable, as a result of economies of scale. It is therefore, not surprising that individuals would be encouraged to migrate to green cars via a personal or business lease. We note the comment in the article in regards to range anxiety. In our view, range anxiety is much less an issue now, given that the latest BEV models have a range (WLTP) between 150 miles to 300 miles.
The number of publicly accessible electric vehicle rapid chargers in the UK has risen 363 per cent in the last five years, according to fresh official figures. Data released by the Department of Transport in conjunction with Zap-Map reveals that as of July 2020, there are 3,206 public rapid chargers across the country. The total number of public EV chargers, meanwhile, has been on the rise – up 11 per cent in the year-to-date to 18,265.
This is good to note, as easy access to a comprehensive and robust network of rapid chargers is key in the migration from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs). The key question to assess here is the total number of rapid charger that will be required (and its distribution) when the UK ban on diesel and petrol vehicles comes into effect (2030/2032). The Department of Transport needs to publish a detailed roadmap and milestones that need to be achieved in regards to charging infrastructure in the UK.
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