Some 41% of drivers are most attracted to the lower running costs of EVs.
Some 41% of drivers are most attracted to the lower running costs of EVs.

A recent survey from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) suggests that 44% of car buyers don’t think they’ll be ready to switch to an electrical vehicle (EV) by 2035.

According to the survey, 41% of drivers are most attracted to the lower running costs of EVs, while 29% focus on environmental improvement. The biggest factors holding buyers back are reportedly higher purchase prices (52%), lack of local charging points (44%) and fear of being caught short on longer journeys (38%). Some 37% are ‘optimistic’ about buying a full EV by 2025, the SMMT reports.

‘Car makers are leading the charge to zero emission motoring, with massive investment in new models fueling huge consumer interest but they can’t transform the market alone,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘To give consumers confidence to take the leap into these technologies, we need government and other sectors to step up and match manufacturers’ commitment by investing in the incentives and infrastructure needed to power our electric future.’

This story uses material from the SMMT, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.