Almost 90% Of Brits Want to Scrap Government Ban on Petrol and Diesel Cars
Drivers don’t want petrol or diesel cars banned and believe the government’s 2030 target to be far too soon, according to a new survey of over 1000 UK motorists.
The poll by car insurance comparison experts at Quotezone.co.uk found that 8 out of 10 drivers, 82%, feel the ban is too soon, while the vast majority, 83%, don’t want to see traditionally fuelled cars scrapped at all.
The survey found that the infrastructure to support the switch isn’t there yet, with 9 out of 10 drivers, 90%, feeling there aren’t enough charging points.
Drivers’ concerns that the government are asleep at the wheel when it comes to electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure is reflected by the fact that three-quarters of UK motorists now feel that the range of current electric vehicles is a significant issue.
The average real-world range of EVs in the UK in 2023 is 219 miles, meaning that motorists on longer journeys must stop and rely on available and working charging points.
EV manufacturers are acutely aware of the problem with Tesla cutting the price of two of its models immediately in January this year, leaving current owners seething.
But not all EV manufacturers are reducing the price of new cars, and equivalent electric models remain significantly more expensive than their petrol and diesel counterparts.
Taking the Vauxhall Mokka GS Line as an example, the electric version comes in at £38,835, which is £12,470 (47%) more expensive than the petrol version at £26,365.
Half of the drivers, 51%, agree that the government should subsidise the switch with a grant to absorb some of the costs of switching to electricity.
Greg Wilson, Founder and CEO at Quotezone.co.uk, said the survey showed how much the cost of owning an electric vehicle and the lack of infrastructure had moved public opinion away from EV ownership shortly.
He cited the survey findings, which revealed that half of the drivers, 49%, will only change cars when they ‘have to’, and when they do finally change, only 14% intend to buy a fully electric vehicle next.
He said: “Our survey shows that the government proposal to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030 is coming too soon for most motorists.
“That 8 out of 10 drivers don’t think that petrol and diesel cars should be banned at all shows how serious the problem is, and with the change now only seven years away.
“The high cost of purchasing a fully electric vehicle has led 87% of drivers to decide that they won’t be buying a fully electric vehicle when they change cars and only then because they have to make a change.
“The cost-of-living crisis is hitting people in their pockets, and with food prices continuing to rise, splashing out 47% more to buy an electric model isn’t on the agenda for most people.”
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