UK car drivers becoming are more and more eager to switch to driving an electric vehicle (EV) with as the continued upward trend in the registration of new EVs shows. In fact, the number of EVs on our roads will soon exceed France, however there are many are concerns over affordability.CHARGE ME UP
Although they are cheaper to run, EVs are, in some cases, significantly more expensive to buy than other cars, and research from thinktank the Green Finance Institute shows that most purchases are by corporate fleet companies, and not individuals.
“Consumer adoption of EVs is still in its infancy, and a number of barriers deter larger numbers from switching in the short term.
“Higher upfront cost of the vehicles, the pace of improvement in battery range, concerns about access to reliable charging infrastructure and perceived complexity of transitioning means many are hesitant about making an EV their next car”.
In 2021 the average pre-tax retail price of a medium-sized EV was just over £28,900 compared with £16,100 for a petrol car, according to BloombergNEF. And with the cost of living crisis putting more pressure on households, further research by banking group Close Brothers says research suggests many people are changing their mind about buying due to the current need to tighten belts.
But there are ways to get on the road without shelling out huge amounts. The ‘Spotify’ generation tend to see owning your own vehicle as unnecessary as the development in recent years of different types of subscription models shows, ownership is not as important to a new generation of drivers.
Options to lease, hire, and pay monthly are all seen as a more accessible and convenient way to have an EV, and brands such as Kia, Tesla and Hyundai are replacing the ‘badge snobbery’ of BMWs and Jaguars on people’s wish lists.
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