Ownership debate on electric cars
WHILE carmakers are increasingly offering a split approach to selling their alternative fuel models, almost half of all Brits (46 per cent) would want total ownership – the car and battery – if they were to buy an electric car, new research suggests.
Carmakers including Renault, Nissan and smart have been joined recently by Tesla in taking a different approach to vehicle finance.
For Nissan and smart, it is possible to buy outright or opt for a split lease/own for their LEAF and fortwo electric drive models respectively, while Renault currently only offers its ZOE electric car with a buy the car and lease the battery approach.
TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk asked: “If you were buying an electric car, what would you prefer to do?’” Although the majority would want to buy, 21 per cent said they preferred to lease the whole vehicle including its drivetrain, while the split approach was favoured by 33 per cent.
Experts predict that over time attitudes will change.
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