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One in five drivers would switch to an electric car in 2019

Almost one in five (18%) people would like to switch to an electric vehicle (EV) next year – one of the top five most popular sustainable resolutions for 2019.

New research has revealed that 2018 is the year that Christmas has gone green, as 15.3 million Brits are planning to have a more sustainable festive period, according to figures released by the campaign to promote electric cars, Go Ultra Low.

With the run up to Christmas comes lots of extra packaging and deliveries, as well as lots of miles driving up and down the country to visit family and friends. As a result, more than a third (35%) of people are worrying about their environmental impact this year, claims Go Ultra Low.

Of those who are concerned about their impact, the most troubling issues in the run up to Christmas are the amount of plastic packaging used (72%), and the increase in household waste (63%).

The research also confirms that many people look set to make more sustainable choices in the long term, not just over the holiday period, with 18% saying they would like to switch to an electric car next year – one of the top five most popular sustainable resolutions for 2019.

The nation’s top sustainable resolutions for 2019

  1. Use less plastic: 42%
  2. Recycle more: 33%
  3. Buy less: 24%
  4. Stop using plastic straws: 23%
  5. Switch to an electric vehicle: 18%

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “There are lots of simple switches you can make to be greener, but one change that will make a big impact is choosing an electric car.

“With pure electric and plug-in hybrids able to emit zero tailpipe emissions, as well as low running and maintenance costs, the cars can help you go green not just at Christmas but all year round, and save money too.”

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