Older drivers are unconvinced by the government’s plans to switch to electric cars en masse, according to new survey data that suggests more than half have no plans to purchase an electric vehicle.
Survey of 3,619 UK adults by consumer group suggests that only 23% of people aged 65 and over intend to buy an electric vehicle in the future, compared to 56% of 18-24 year olds.
Only 26% of older drivers said they felt comfortable switching to electric vehicles – well behind the 71% of 18-24 year olds who said they felt comfortable switching to electric .
The survey also found a marked gap between urban and rural drivers, with rural drivers being much more cautious about switching to electric vehicles.
Low-income people were also less likely to make their next car electric. Only a third of households with incomes below £ 21,000 said their next vehicle would be battery-powered, compared with more than half of those with family incomes above £ 48,000.
The government plans to end the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, with hybrids following suit in 2035. But although sales of electric vehicles are growing rapidly, they are still only about 8.5 % of cars in circulation.
Sue Davies, head of consumer rights and food policy at Which ?, said survey results show some demographics will need more support to move away from gasoline and diesel cars.
“Mass adoption of electric vehicles is a key part of the government’s net zero strategy, but while some consumers are poised to change, our research shows that older consumers and those in low-income or rural households are less inclined to adopt the electric car. revolution, ”she said.
Electric vehicles are still more expensive to buy new than gasoline or diesel cars, but analysts expect the technology to reach price parity with fossil fuel cars by the middle of the decade. . Anxiety over the charge is another major hurdle, Davies said.
“It is essential that action is taken to remove significant barriers, including concerns over range, cost and the UK’s charging infrastructure, which could deter motorists from switching to electric vehicles,” a- she declared.