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AA finds half of young people open to buying EVs

The motoring group found that there was still a lot of work to be done to convince the public to adopt EVs

UK motoring group AA has found that while almost a third of motorists are interested in purchasing an electric vehicle, there are too many perceived obstacles in the way.

Of the motorists interested in buying an EV, 50% were aged 25-34, 40% were aged 18-24 and 40% aged 35-44. However, only a third of drivers aged 45-54 were interested in getting an EV, falling to 29% for those aged 55-64 and only a quarter of those aged 65 plus.

These findings came out as the UK government recently released its strategy for increasing EV adoption ahead of phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

The AA argued that many of these perceptions are myths rather than reality and hence broader concerted efforts are required to convince the public of the wide benefits of EVs.

In a keynote presentation, AA president Edmund King said that 85% of 10,293 drivers polled by the AA said that there weren’t enough public charging points.

Three quarters of the respondents also claimed that EVs have for too limited a range on a single charge and are too expensive. Two thirds also felt that EVs take too long to charge and there isn’t enough choice of models available.

35% said they expected to own an EV within 10 years.

The question specifically excluded plug-in hybrids, which suggests that the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ ambition to see 50-70% of new car sales being ultra-low emission by 2030 at a stretch may be attainable, but only if car manufacturers and government/private sector deliver the vehicles and infrastructure that drivers want.

Edmund King said: “In order to meet the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ targets, a concerted effort is required to demonstrate the benefits of EVs and dispel some of the myths. The range, charging speed and charging point infrastructure are all on the increase. There needs to be a more concerted effort by us all to sell the benefits of electric vehicles.”

“The EV revolution hasn’t perhaps taken off as quickly as we would have liked but now we have a firm commitment to the charging infrastructure, as well as, future-proofing houses, offices and strategic roads. There are now some exciting EVs on the market and many new and exhilarating models on the horizon. The younger generation in particular are ready to embrace the electric revolution.”

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