More drivers would buy EVs if they knew of government incentives

MORE drivers would buy EVs if they knew of government incentives, a new survey has revealed.

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62 per cent were not aware of government discounts and grants on alternatively fuelled vehicles

Research by comparison website MoneySupermarket.com revealed that 62 per cent of 1,000 vehicle owners it quizzed were not aware of government discounts and grants on alternatively fuelled vehicles.

Despite this, the idea of purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle is well-considered, with 67 per cent saying they would make the switch from diesel or petrol to help the environment.

Price does remain a barrier, though, with 51 per cent saying the upfront cost was off-putting. Despite this, 53 per cent did say cheaper running costs appealed to them.

Petrol and diesel cars are set to be banned in the UK from 2040, when only alternatively fuelled vehicles will be allowed on forecourts from new.

 

In his Autumn 2017 Budget, chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond announced £400 million would be invested in the UK’s electric car charging infrastructure to accelerate the switch to electric vehicle ownership for many.

He said: “Our future vehicles will be driverless, but they’ll be electric first and that’s a change that needs to come as soon as possible for our planet.

“So, we’ll establish a new £400 million charging infrastructure fund, invest an extra £100 million pound in plug-in car grants and £40 million pounds in charging research and development."

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