EDITOR’S COMMENT: Lack of suitable charging points and range anxiety continue to be the biggest turn-offs. Maybe it’s time to start listening to what the people actually want to do…

Kwik Fit conducted a survey, which revealed the purchase intentions of 13.9 million UK drivers – 7.5 million said that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has made them less likely to buy their next car in the next year, but 6.4 million said that they would be likely to acquire their next motor in the coming year. More than half (51 percent) of those said they’d be buying a new car, too.

Of those 6.4 million drivers that are likely to buy a new or used car in the coming year, 20 percent said that they will be using their car more instead of public transport, while 18 percent said that they wanted a more eco-friendly car after seeing the benefits brought about by the reduced traffic of lockdown. Another 18 percent added that they would be driving less because of environmental concerns.

Despite their impending ban in 15 year’s time, petrol, diesel, and hybrid cars remain more popular to potential buyers than all-electric options – 9.3 million expect their next car to be petrol, 7.6 million will go down the hybrid or plug-in hybrid route, and 3.2 million will buy a diesel car when they next change vehicle. Unusually, more younger drivers are looking at buying a diesel car next, with 13 percent of 18-34-year-olds expecting to buy a diesel car next.

Meanwhile just eight percent are expecting to buy an all-electric car next. In Scotland 16 percent expect their next car to be electric, followed by 14 percent in the East of England, 11 percent in the North East, and 10 percent of Londoners.

When it comes to why people don’t want to go electric, 37 percent of people said a lack of fast charging points was the biggest reason why they wouldn’t go for an EV, followed by range concerns (35 percent), increased purchase price compared to a more traditional car

“Motorists still have a lot to learn about electric cars and our local areas need to be better prepared to cope with an influx of electric car owners. Regardless of the fuel system, and whether or not Covid is prompting a change of vehicle, it is important car owners remember to maintain their vehicle so it remains safe to drive and runs as efficiently as possible.”

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