Men are lead­ing the charge to own an elec­tric car

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Michael Knowles

MORE than one in two mo­torists say they will own an elec­tric car in five years time.

Men are driv­ing the change, with 60 per cent say­ing they would choose an elec­tric model, com­pared to 42per cent of women, a sur­vey by web­site To­tal EV re­veals.

But ve­hi­cle cost (27per cent), lack of in­fra­struc­ture (22per cent) and driv­ing range (20per cent) are the bar­ri­ers to buy­ing one.

It shows 46 per cent of Bri­tons would switch to elec­tric ve­hi­cles due to fuel prices, while 36 per cent cite en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns. And ex­perts have called on the in­dus­try to “wake up fast” as 51 per cent of mo­torists ex­pect to own an elec­tric car within five years.

Busi­ness­man Daniel Green, the founder of To­tal EV, said: “The world is mov­ing away from petrol and diesel to elec­tric. The pub­lic wants it, the Govern­ment wants it and 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 around range, de­pre­ci­a­tion and when to jump in.

“There are al­ready 110,000 plug-in cars across the coun­try but as tech­nol­ogy and in­fra­struc­ture im­proves over the next few years and more man­u­fac­tur­ers en­ter the mar­ket­place of­fer­ing more choice to con­sumers, we ex­pect to see a trans­for­ma­tion in the num­ber of EVs on Bri­tain’s roads.

“This is the big­gest thing to hap­pen to mo­tor­ing since Henry Ford.”

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