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Drivers’ applaud plans to install electric vehicle charging points at fuel stations

Drivers’ applaud plans to install electric vehicle charging points at fuel stations

A new survey from Venson Automotive Solutions reveals that 85% of motorists would now consider buying an electric vehicle (EV) or choosing one as their company car.    

However, concern over a lack of charging points is a significant ownership hurdle for those surveyed (69%).    

People living in the South East of England (88%) were more concerned about the availability of charging points than those living elsewhere in the UK. Meanwhile, 81% of women surveyed compared to 51% of men, said they would put off investing in an EV until charging points were more common place across the UK.    

However that trend could change in the future following the government’s recent announcement to implement new measures to improve the provision of electric vehicle charge points as part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill. That, combined with oil giants Total and Shell making charging points a standard feature at their fuel l stations, the ‘charging point’ hurdle may become redundant, according to Venson.  

The survey of 100 owners and fleet drivers also highlighted that a focus on educating motorists on the ownership benefits - over and above environmental benefits - was still needed.  

Of those surveyed, 41% said their general lack of knowledge about the total cost and convenience of owning such a vehicle impacted their decision making. Although the commitment by industry and government to remove purchasing barriers is set to have a positive influence, there was still more that needed to be done to clearly explain the financials around EV ownership, said Venson.

Whilst a lack of charging points topped the Venson poll (see chart below), limited mileage range came second (61%), with the cost of charging the vehicle (42%) securing third place. Women (31%) were more reluctant than men (15%) to consider buying or leasing an EV because of the lack of opportunity to ‘try before you buy’. The cost of insuring an EV was one of the lowest concerns, with only 19% of motorists seeing that as a deterrent and battery safety fears the very least of motorists’ EV worries. The 25 to 34 year-olds surveyed are most likely to consider buying an EV (90%) with 55 to 64 year-olds close behind on 89%.   

Alison Bell, marketing director, Venson Automotive Solutions, said: “It’s really encouraging to see that public attitudes to electric vehicles are significantly shifting, as the industry invests in the necessary infrastructure. Clearly, Total and Shell’s move to install more charging points is critical in giving motorists the confidence when it comes to choosing EV or hybrid.”

Top deterrents to buy or choose a company electric vehicle

Lack of charging points across the UK - 69%
Limited mileage range of EVs - 61%
Cost of charging an EV - 42%
Lack of understanding of the costs and convenience of owning EV - 41%
Servcing and repair costs - 31%
Lack of try before you buy opportunities - 24%
Cost of insurance - 19%
Safety concerns regarding batteries - 18%