Significant jump in number of people saying they’ll never buy an electric car
The government’s u-turn has clearly muddled the message on electric vehicles and this confusion has led to a doubling of the number of people saying they’ll never buy an electric car. The government’s decision to push the deadline back to 2035 is deeply unhelpful because of the doubt and negativity it spreads – but regardless of the date of the ban, the broader industry is committed to delivering an electric future.
Advert views for new and used electric cars remain stable on Auto Trader, showing that those in the market haven’t been deterred. Yet these survey results show that in the long term, mass electric adoption has been made a trickier task.
There are many positives to owning an electric car - from saving money on your running costs to never visiting a petrol station again – which are being completely ignored. In fact, demand for used electric cars on our marketplace is at record levels, owing to a greater level of supply in the market coupled with a softening in prices. Buying a used EV will probably be most people’s entry point into an electric car, given the used market is three times the size of the new car market.
The truth is, with the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate still in place, very little will actually change in the wake of the delayed ban and so the only real impact will be dented consumer confidence in electric cars, as demonstrated by our survey results.”
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