Rising fuel prices are making more drivers think of soon moving to an electric car, says a survey for The Motor Ombudsman, writes Kim Henson of Wheels-Alive.
An online poll by the Ombudsman dedicated to the automotive sector has shown that, with prices at the pumps continuing to increase and reach record highs, nearly half (48%) of UK car owners are concerned about having a pure petrol or diesel-powered vehicle, therefore making a switch to a battery electric car for their next purchase more likely.
The cost of filling up an average family car with a 55-litre fuel tank recently hit £100 for the first time, whilst the price of petrol has equally surpassed £8-a-gallon, a figure never seen before in this country.
The recent Motor Ombudsman survey of more than 2,000 UK car owners revealed that individuals aged between 16 to 24 (64%), and those living in Greater London (65%) are amongst the most worried about petrol or diesel vehicles. The study also found that, nationally, a similar proportion of male and female drivers (46% and 49% respectively) are apprehensive about owning a petrol or diesel vehicle at a time of soaring prices on the nation’s forecourts.
The latest findings have been published by The Motor Ombudsman to mark the launch of its new online electric vehicle (EV) Resource Hub. Named “TMO EVolVE”, the portal, which can be accessed via the Electric Vehicles tab at the top of every page of The Motor Ombudsman’s website.
Furthermore, The Motor Ombudsman research showed that, out of those respondents who stated they were worried about owning a car running solely on conventional fuel, and favoured a move to plugging in when buying their next vehicle, a quarter of male drivers estimated that they would be purchasing an electric car within two to three months.
‘Generation Z’, i.e. those individuals falling into the 16 to 24 category, also led the charge in terms of being the fastest to make the swap to electric out of any other age group, with 33% stating that a change could be on the cards within eight to twelve weeks.