A try before you buy scheme for electric vehicles could be what’s needed to dispel the lingering concerns surrounding the technology, finds a new study.
A survey of 2,025 UK drivers conducted by Auto Trader reveals that 70% of UK motorists would be interested in leasing an electric vehicle for a 2 to 3 year prolonged test-drive, getting to grips with the features and technology before committing to buying one outright.
Although 73% of respondents say they would consider purchasing an electric vehicle within the next 4 years, 40% of these admit they still have reservations about the capabilities of EVs.
Despite the UK now being home to more than 19,000 charging points and the average EV being able to travel approximately 100 miles on a single charge, more than half of motorists (51%) say range anxiety is the biggest turn-off, followed by a concern for lack of available charging points across the UK (49%) and in local areas (48%).
The cost of the car itself was found to be another worry for 44% of motorists, as well as how long it would take to recharge (42%).