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Government subsidies needed to boost EV switch

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New research commissioned by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) found that 75% of drivers feel extra government subsidies would make electric vehicles more accessible.

The study also revealed that 82% of drivers feel they don’t know enough about electric vehicles to make the switch.

Two thirds of respondents (66%) said they would not know where to find a charging point and nearly a third said they will never change to electric.

Steve Nash, chief executive at the IMI, said: “Range anxiety is one of the main reasons drivers are put off making the switch. Yet the IMI found that people’s weekly mileage is between 60-100 miles, which means that most drivers could actually make the switch to an ultra-low emission vehicle and would only need to charge their car once a week.”

Londoners appear to be the most unsure about electric vehicle range, yet are the most confident about owning an electric vehicle. 

The IMI research also identified the lack of knowledge about the expertise and training required to service and maintain electric vehicles.  More than half (59%) of respondents said they would be confident to perform basic maintenance tasks on an electric vehicle themselves.

“The fact that over half of motorists thought they could do basic maintenance on an electric vehicle is also a huge concern.  With technology in vehicles moving at a record pace it’s more important than ever that those undertaking service, maintenance and repair are regularly trained and properly qualified to a recognized standard. This guarantees their safety in working on and around high-voltage systems and ensures that the owners of electrified vehicles can have confidence that their vehicles are in competent hands,” Nash added.

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  • Gordy - 29/03/2018 15:08

    It doesn’t help having to pay £315 road tax every year for the first 5 years for an EV over £40k. By their very nature, EVs cost more to start with. I will buy an EV if this silly tax is dropped.

  • Gordy - 29/03/2018 16:14

    Just to add to the above r.e. basic maintenance. Maybe the survey wasn’t specific enough. I would be happy to change the brake pads, discs, antifreeze, wiper blades, bulbs (not LEDs though) and other “basic” items as these are pretty much the same whatever the vehicle. When Nash talks about high-voltage systems I totally agree leave to the professionals but these don’t qualify as basic items, surely. I’m not sure any EV has maintenance items on their high-voltage system in any case, does it?! We must guard against the service department “self-licking lollipop” scenario. EVs should be massively cheaper to maintain in the long run ( no oil& filter, spark/glow plugs, exhaust and CAT and DPF etc). Other consumables like tyres and those above can be changed by anyone competent.

  • Glenn Ewen - 31/03/2018 13:22

    Subsidies are iniquitous. Not all drivers can use electric for either their commute, or their work. Those that can use them could probably manage without them, yet get money back. It's simply perverse. If something cannot fund itself, then it is not, by definition sustainable. Well to wheel, electric isn't either as clean, or as CO2 friendly as the eco-Nazis would have you believe, but you'll get money back if you buy one. Or is it me?

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