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45% of Brits would consider buying EV as popularity doubles

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A poll of 2,000 motorists has revealed that the popularity of electric cars is gaining popularity, with almost half of Brits stating that they would consider driving an EV.  

Opinium Research revealed that EV popularity has double, since a DfT survey conducted in 2016 found only 21% of Brits would consider a switch.

The results of its research, conducted by Pure Planet, vary from region to region, however.

It showed that 60% of Londoners would trade in their carbon-fuelled cars, but only 24% of people from Newcastle would do the same.

Pure Planet’s co-founder Steven Day said: “The growing popularity of EVs shows that people are ready to embrace clean technology if it suits their lives.

“EVs are modern, cool and increasingly convenient for consumers – this is exactly the approach we should be taking to sustainability in all industries.

The price tag of buying electric had dissuaded 45% of motorists from investing, while 35% have said improved charging infrastructure would make them switch.  

As well as surveying attitudes to electronic vehicles, the Pure Planet poll also asked British adults how they viewed the issue of air pollution.

Results showed that the overwhelming majority (79%) now believe air pollution has a negative impact on their health.

Day added: “Renewable energy is something we need to protect the future of the planet, but people will only make the leap if it’s easy and affordable.

“The rise of electronic motoring should be seen as a good indicator for government that if they get behind businesses who want to change the world, consumers will choose a better future.

“We have seen signals in this year’s budget that the Chancellor wants to encourage people toward low-carbon transport – but these promises must be kept, and funding must be used effectively to open up EVs to the average motorists.”

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