Rising fuel prices fail to convince drivers to go electric

With a slew of vehicle scrappage schemes, inner-city emissions charging zones and the ever-present threat of rising fuel prices, it might seem like alternative fuel is the way to go. Certainly, with the UK government pledging to ban the sale of all pure petrol and diesel cars from 2040, it could be the only way to go before too long.

But despite these factors drivers remain unconvinced as to the everyday usability of an electric vehicle. Recent research by insurance comparison website suggests that 79 per cent of motorists would not consider an electric vehicle as their next car.

Although petrol and diesel prices are at a six-month high, drivers admit to preferring the convenience of internal combustion. Sixty per cent of those surveyed were concerned over the lack of charging points in their local area, while 50 per cent cited the length of charging times as a prime issue.

Expense was a further factor – even with a government grant scheme, electric cars remain more expensive to buy than their petrol and diesel counterparts, and 54 per cent of those surveyed claimed cost was an issue.

Instead, says hybrids are beginning to find more favour. It claims hybrid is the second most popular fuel type for a new car, with 21 per cent of the vote. Diesel, by contrast, got a lowly 12 per cent, while petrol proved most popular, gaining 43 per cent.

However,’s findings go against recent research by electric vehicle publication TotalEV, which found 51 per cent of motorists expected to buy an electric car in five years.

To find out more about owning an electric vehicle, you can use our handy guide.

Jack Healy


September 20, 2017

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