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Britain putting electric cars on pole – will SA follow?

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ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCE: Yes, it’s a Nissan Leaf. Yes, it’s a battery car and, yes, it was on a 16 000km rally: Image: Plug-In Adventures / Nissan UK
ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCE: Yes, it’s a Nissan Leaf. Yes, it’s a battery car and, yes, it was on a 16 000km rally. And it found plug-in places along the way. Image: Plug-In Adventures / Nissan UK

LONDON, England – More than half of car owners in the UK are expecting to own an electric car in the next five years with, perhaps, an internal combustion machine as a back-up.

A poll of 1000 car owners was conducted to mark the launch of Total EV – Britain’s go-to website for all things EV or hybrid and the results showed in main beam the incredible pace at which Brits are being switched-on to the benefits of battery buggies.

The survey revealed:

• 51% of British car owners expect to buy an electric car within five years
• Change is being driven by men. About 60% of male drivers expect to be driving an EV within five years against 42% of women
• 45% of vehicularists cite more-expensive fuel as the reason for change. Green might be good but only 36% are environmentally concerned
• Northern Ireland, where charging infrastructure is more developed, has the highest proportion ready to switch to electric – (77%)

The survey also showed, however, that there are still barriers to EV ownership and that the government and automotive industry has work to do to convince car -buyers. Problems cited include the cost of such vehicles (27%), lack of charging infrastructure (22%), driving range (20%) (see image above) and lack of knowledge (21%).


Businessman Daniel Green, founder of Total EV, told Carman’s Corner in a media communication: “The world is moving away from petrol and diesel to electric. The public wants it, the government wants it, the environment needs it but where are the manufacturers and how and when should drivers get involved?

“There are confusing offers, bewildering charging options, and genuine anxiety about range, depreciation and when to jump in. Total EV is the one-stop shop to which people can go for answers and to express their views.”

He added: “This survey confirms what we already suspected – Britain has woken up to the benefits of electric driving. The industry needs to wake up fast.

“There are already 110 000 plug-in cars across the country (with the Nissan Leaf topping the sales charts) but, as technology and infrastructure improve over the next few years and more manufacturers enter the market with more choice,  we expect to see a transformation in the number of EVs on Britain’s roads.

“It’s the biggest thing to happen to motoring since Henry Ford.”


James Baggott, editor of Total EV, added: “There are huge benefits to owning an EV and with every new model that appears on our roads the interest grows. With so many manufacturers launching electric models things are becoming more competitive and prices are falling.

“This is a great time for people to start thinking about buying an electric car.”

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