The electric revolution is coming. Fast.

Updated 19 November 2020.

The Government has pledged to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars – barring some hybrids – in 2030. But, we’ve done some research, and it seems that Brits are ready to switch to electric vehicles much, much sooner.

Brits likely to go electric in four years.

Our research revealed that on average, Brits expect to buy their first electric vehicle within the next four years. That’s a while before petrol and diesel vehicle sales will stop.

There are a lot of reasons why people are eager to switch and get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle:

  • Saving money on fuel: 40%
  • Having an environmentally friendly, zero-emission vehicle: 40%
  • Saving money on maintenance: 33%
  • Being able to charge at home: 31%
  • No more unpredictable fuel prices: 29%
  • Government grants towards the cost: 26%
  • Not having to pay the congestion charge: 15%
  • Having a silent engine: 15%
  • Having a modern looking vehicle: 12%
  • Faster acceleration: 11%

It’s not too shocking to see money saving on the list, as the average zero emission model is now cheaper to own over its lifetime than its petrol equivalent.

But, there are some concerns…

While there are a lot of positives about going electric, our research did flag some concerns:

  • Running out of charge mid-journey: 62%
  • A lack of charging stations nearby: 57%
  • The time it takes to charge an electric vehicle: 55%

And there are a few things people will miss about petrol and diesel, from the experience behind the wheel, to, well, the sounds and smells…

  • Easy refuelling: 40%
  • A wide choice of vehicles to choose from: 26%
  • The overall driving experience: 24%
  • The smell of petrol: 14%
  • Revving an engine: 12%

At least missing the smell of petrol can be fixed by a very niche in-car air freshener.

So, it looks like the electric revolution is going to be here sooner than expected. As our Commercial Director, Mark Newberry, explains, we’re excited to see this happen, as long as the transition to electric is made simple for drivers.

“Cutting emissions is a crucial step in the fight to tackle climate change. Whilst research has shown the long-term financial and environmental benefits of switching to electric vehicles, any changes implemented on UK roads need to go hand-in-hand with further government incentives and workable road pricing schemes to help make the transition more manageable for road users.”

Will you be moving from petrol or diesel to electric soon? Drop us a comment and let us know.

If you’re ahead of the curve, and already have an electric vehicle, find out more about our electric vehicle breakdown cover.

Research conducted on 1,500 UK drivers, October 2020, by Censuswide.

6 comments on “The electric revolution is coming. Fast.

  1. Ray Stevens 30/10/2020 11:42 AM

    main reason i won’t be buying a leccy car any time soon is because they do not have a good enough mileage range, imagine driving to Scotland from london, stop overs how many just to recharge the battery plus 3 nights minimum on route, my leccy bike has a range of 95 miles maximum might as well ride up there and enjoy the scenery on route Covid Free of course not before….Electric Cars Not for Me !!!

  2. Ray Stevens 30/10/2020 11:45 AM

    should have added, cost per charge for the car ? cost of charge per leccy bike probably around ten pence so for scotland ride around 0.40p for bike

  3. john graver 30/10/2020 11:48 AM

    Do we as in the united kingdom have the minerals to manufacture our own batteries or are we going to be dependant on others as with oil to keep us going.

  4. Ian Bruce 31/10/2020 8:04 PM

    No one is willing to make a comparison on cost of fuel which is cheapest to run. And Hybrid or Plugin hybrid. If you drive a Hybrid why o why would you want the inconvenience of pluging it in ????? Someone please explain.

    • James Foxall 03/11/2020 9:20 AM

      Hi Ian. If you go to the Go Ultra Low website it explains the cost of running electric cars. Fuel is usually reckoned to be around a third of the cost of an internal combustion engine. I have no agenda either way but I’m currently running a plug-in hybrid Volvo. I can do most of my local miles on full electric and plugging it in really is zero inconvenience. You get home, plug it into the mains and leave it. Like many things: we adapt.

  5. chris owen 01/11/2020 11:31 PM

    When these people find out the extra cost of an electric car, they will not be so keen. Only the well off can afford them.

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