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A recent survey by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicates that by 2035, almost half of UK motorists are not prepared to turn to electricity.
The government declared at the beginning of the year 2020 that it was putting forward a ban on the selling of new petrol and diesel vehicles and extending it by five years to include hybrids. It ensures that the only new cars available to purchase will be fully electric from 2035 onwards. The government has moved the ban forward to help meet its zero carbon emissions goal by 2050 and allow drivers more time to move to a fully electric model.
Manufacturers are working to increase the number of electric vehicles they make. And almost every manufacturer having in their range at least one fully electric or plug-in hybrid. They promise to give you much more options than ever before, with many more in the coming years.
According to collated reviews on Britainreviews.co.uk, a survey shows that many drivers might not be ready to go electric. 44% of those surveyed do not believe that by 2035 they will be glad to go electric, and 24% stated that they could never see themselves owning an electric vehicle.
Various variables keep people back from making the transition. Compared to conventional combustion and hybrid engines, 52 percent are off by the higher purchase price, the absence of local charging points puts off 44 percent, and 38 percent said they were concerned about being caught short on longer trips.
Electric Vehicles Purchase Price
If you are looking forward to buying your next car and considering the electric edition for your new car, the purchase price will put you off. They typically have a higher selling price than their comparable combustion engine counterparts because of the technology involved in electric vehicles.
Although the purchase price may be higher, an electric vehicle provides various monetary benefits, including lower operating costs and several incentives to encourage drivers to go green. Also, there is an exemption from congestion fees in low emission areas.
Driving Range Anxiety
The driving range is a problem that many drivers will face with electric cars. Primarily a problem for drivers who make many long trips as charging takes a lot longer than filling up at a gas station. Thus, it will be into the account for trips longer than the car’s charging time range. However, as technology progresses, electric vehicles’ content is improving all the time.
Electric Vehicles Charging
The research performed by SMMT in collaboration with Frost and Sullivan also indicates that by the end of the decade and 2.8 million by 2035, a complete, zero-emission-capable UK new car market would need 1.7 million public charging points.
There are currently just under 20,000 public charging points in the UK, so in only 15 years, this is a rise of over 2.7 million chargers.
Is the UK ready for Electric Cars?
All these concerns – range anxiety, higher purchase costs, and lack of charging points are solvable with the right strategies. Feedback from various electric car companies’ reviews shows that the solutions rely on the drivers and the government.
At the national level, there are demands for the government to put in place a more coherent national strategy that deals with the different producers’ international developments.
With 41 percent of drivers enticed to the lower operating costs and 29 percent interested in the environmental benefits, the SMMT survey was not all negative. Over a third (37 percent) of drivers are optimistic about converting to fully electric vehicles by 2025.