More than 50 per cent of British drivers think their main car will be electric in the next five years, according to new research.
The survey, conducted by Total EV, spoke to 1,000 motorists and found that 51 per cent expect to own an EV in the next five years, with 45 per cent saying that the increase in fuel pricing is the main reason for that, while 36 per cent of respondents said they would buy an electric vehicle to help the environment.
The survey also found that Northern Irish drivers were the most prepared to switch to all-electric power, with 77 per cent saying they will switch before 2022.
However, drivers highlighted that the cost of electric vehicles (27 per cent), lack of public charging points (22 per cent), limited range of the batteries (20 per cent) and lack of education on EVs (21 per cent) were the main reasons why they wouldn’t switch.
Founder of Total EV Daniel Green said: “The world is moving away from petrol and diesel to electric. The public wants it, the Government wants it, and the environment needs it. But where are the manufacturers and how and when should drivers get involved?
He added: “This survey confirms what we already suspected – that Britain has woken up to the benefits of electric driving. The industry needs to wake up fast.”