UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently revealed the Government’s plan to ban the sale of new purely petrol and diesel-powered cars and vans by 2030 as part of a 10-point “green recovery” plan.
In a letter published by the Financial Times, Johnson said that “lacing the land” with electric vehicle (EV) charge points will also pave the way to realise his plan to go a step further by 2035 – when an outright ban on the sale of new internal combustion engines (ICE) will include hybrid vehicles.
The problem is that less than one in 12 car buyers predict their next vehicle will be fully electric, according to new research by KwikFit. In a survey of more than 2,000 adults, respondents cited that a lack of fast public chargers and no ability to charge at home as reasons for not wanting to make the EV switch. The survey found the key concern which was shared by 37 per cent of respondents, was the apparent lack of fast-charging points in the areas they drive in. Additionally, 30 per cent claimed that the inability to charge a car at home blocked their decision. The study found that only eight per cent of car buyers expect their next vehicle to be electric.
A spokesman for FISC commented, “the speed of charging coupled with the lack of charging points is the main reason why many people won’t consider a purely electric vehicle just yet. You only have to look at how many houses don’t even have a driveway to realise that many won’t ever be able to charge at home. That means that they’ll have to take it to a nearby charging station. Unless they can get in and out in a similar timeframe to a conventional petrol station, it’s simply not a viable option. Hydrogen powered vehicles are another alternative which could be filled up in a more conventional way. Let’s see what happens, but there’s certainly a lot of work to be done to hit Boris’s timeframes”.